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There are health problems that many people ignore without a second thought. From migraines to acid reflux, we all have symptoms that we classify as “normal” or passable.
One of the health problems that I see patients shrug off is excessive dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia. At first, this may seem like a small problem that may just be a symptom of a hot day or acute dehydration, but what many patients here in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect may not know is that excessive dry mouth can have major dental health consequences if not addressed.
Before I get into what you can do to treat dry mouth, let me discuss what causes it. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva produced by the salivary glands to keep the mouth wet.
The reasons for poor salivary gland function can vary. Causes include:
Your mouth needs saliva; it’s important for maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay because it washes away bacteria and food. It also assists in swallowing.
Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately.
Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:
For many patients, the cause of their dry mouth is a required medication. In a situation like this, I like to suggest NeutraSal, a prescription rinse treatment that mimics saliva.
Why I recommend NeutraSal:
NeutraSal is proven to relieve symptoms and supports overall dental health.
NeutraSal comes in single-use packets of powder that you mix in water to create an oral rinse. Depending on the situation of your dry mouth, I may prescribe you to rinse 2 or more times a day.
Chronic Dry Mouth Workshop – Details TBD
Dry mouth is a condition that must be solved on a case-by-case basis. By being informed and knowing what treatments are available, you can make lifestyle modifications or share with us your concerns.
I plan to host a workshop dedicated to patients currently with xerostomia sometime in March. Details are still in the works for the date, time and place. If you’re interested in attending, please stay tuned on our Facebook or our Instagram for the event details.
In the meantime, I’ll be glad to discuss with you any lifestyle modifications you can do to decrease the dryness in your mouth or if NeutraSal is right for you.
Make an appointment at our Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dental clinic online or call us today.
Dr.Thomas Meyer, DDS, MICCMO – Dentist Mount Prospect