Dry mouth is a condition that can be extremely bothersome to patients. Even when drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, some patients continue to experience dry mouth symptoms that impact their daily lives. With the help of a dentist, patients can explore the options available to them to address this issue and coexisting symptoms that can occur.
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a condition in which there is not enough saliva production. This can be caused by a number of reasons, including medications, certain medical conditions, and aging. A decrease in saliva can lead to a number of problems, such as an increase in cavities, gum disease, and infections. It can also cause difficulty in speaking, eating, and swallowing.
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
Our team finds that the most common symptom of dry mouth is a feeling of thirst. Other symptoms can include:
- A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
- Dry/chapped lips
- Bad breath
- Difficulty speaking clearly
How can dry mouth be treated and addressed?
Dr. Leslie Sultan and other Fort Lauderdale, FL dentists may start by recommending products that can help to alleviate the condition. There are a few different products on the market that can help with dry mouth, and dentists can recommend the best option for each individual patient. Some of the most common products that are recommended by dentists include saliva substitutes, which can help to lubricate the mouth and make it easier to swallow; artificial saliva, which can help to increase the production of saliva; and mouthwashes, which can help to soothe the mouth and reduce inflammation. In some cases, dentists may also recommend medication to help with dry mouth.
Do you struggle with dry mouth?
If you are dealing with dry mouth, talk to Dr. Leslie Sultan and his team about the best treatment options for your unique situation. There are several products on the market and through our practice that can alleviate dry mouth. Call 954-771-8772 to schedule an appointment at the Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery to learn more about conservative and surgical solutions available for your smile!