You may have heard, or read the expression “his mouth ran dry.” That phrase is not just a figure of speech. Dry mouth can occur in moments of severe stress or fear. Usually, when the moment has passed, things will return to normal. But in cases of chronic dry mouth, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Galina Zhukova at Paramus Dental & Implant Center.
Dry mouth is the result of your body not producing enough saliva. Your mouth needs to remain hydrated to stay healthy, and saliva washes away the acids and bacteria that can damage your teeth, helps to deliver fluoride to your teeth and makes it easier for you to chew and digest your food. Dry mouth can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications and illnesses. It may be brought on by chemotherapy and radiation treatments or hormonal changes. Tobacco use, especially smoking can contribute to the problem. If you have a dry or sticky mouth or dry throat; cracked lips bad breath or trouble swallowing, you may want to seek treatment for dry mouth.
Addressing dry mouth may be as simple as drinking more water, chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless candy. You may have to cut down on, avoid, coffee, tea, alcohol or tobacco. Your dentist may prescribe a mouthwash for treating dry mouth or artificial saliva.
If you live in the Rochelle Park, New Jersey, area and would like to make an appointment to see the dentist, contact our office at 201-518-9795 today.