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Dry Mouth

Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

Did you know that dry mouth raises your risk of gum disease (gingivitis), tooth decay, and mouth infections like thrush? It can also make it difficult to wear dentures. At Vanguard and Achury Dental in Garden City, Long Island, and Jackson Heights, Queens, assiduous and accomplished dentists, Camilo Achury, DDS, and Diva Puerta, DDS, utilize patient education and the latest impressive dental tools, technology, and treatment methods to treat dry mouth. The dentists go beyond masking the symptoms and boost your dental health on a deeper level by addressing the cause. Call either office in New York City or book online today to schedule your visit.

Dry Mouth Q & A

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition where the salivary glands in your mouth don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. 

Saliva can prevent tooth decay by neutralizing the acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. This limits bacterial growth and helps to wash away food particles. 

Saliva also boosts your ability to taste and makes it easier for you to swallow and chew. Certain enzymes in your saliva also assist with digestion.

What causes dry mouth?

Having a dry mouth is often the side effect of certain medications or radiation therapy for cancer.

Less often, dry mouth can be the result of a condition directly affecting the salivary glands. Excess drug and alcohol use or nerve damage also might cause or exacerbate dry mouth.

How do I know if I’m not producing enough saliva?

If you’re not producing enough saliva from your salivary glands, you might notice certain symptoms, such as:

  • A feeling of dryness or stickiness in your mouth
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Bad breath
  • Trouble swallowing, speaking, and chewing
  • Hoarseness and a dry or sore throat
  • A grooved or dry tongue
  • An altered sense of taste
  • Issues wearing dentures

If you have persistent dry mouth signs and symptoms, it’s best to visit Vanguard and Achury Dental for an evaluation and treatment to take care of your dental health and find relief.

What are the complications of dry mouth?

If you’re not producing enough saliva and have dry mouth, it can increase your risk of certain complications, such as:

  • Increased plaque, gum disease, and tooth decay
  • Mouth sores
  • Yeast infection in the mouth (thrush)

You might also have cracked lips, split skin, or sores at the corners of your mouth.

What is the treatment for dry mouth?

The treatment for your dry mouth depends on the cause, your dental health, and your preferences. 

Your dentist devises an individualized treatment plan and might suggest changing your medications, using certain products to help moisturize your mouth (such as dental mouth rinses or artificial saliva), medication to stimulate saliva, and other valuable methods. 

It’s also helpful to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated and temporarily breathe through your nose. 

Your dentist might suggest lifestyle changes to improve your symptoms and general health, such as boosting the quality and quantity of nutrition in your diet and managing your stress.

Let the dedicated dental professionals of Vanguard and Achury Dental steer you in the direction of better dental health. Call or click to book today.