Xerostomia / Dry Mouth Syndrome
To many people, a dental visit is about getting their teeth cleaned, having a tooth pulled, or getting a filling. However, a dental visit is not just about teeth. It is also about your overall health. What goes on in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. What goes on in your body also can have an effect on your mouth.
Many diseases and conditions can affect your oral health. For example, people may get more infections in the mouth if their immune system is weak. The immune system protects your body from illness and infection. It can be weakened by disease, by drugs taken to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, or as a side effect of cancer chemotherapy drugs.
Medicine for other conditions also can affect the health of your mouth. For example, many drugs cause dry mouth. This can increase your risk of dental decay and yeast infections. It also can affect taste.
While examining your mouth, we might see a sign or symptom of an illness or disease that you might not even know you have. At Leichhardt Dental Centre, we may perform tests and/or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, is the condition where an individual fails to produce enough saliva to keep the mouth lubricated. This may be due to a problem with the salivary glands or a symptom associated with taking various medications.
Saliva fulfils numerous roles in the mouth, and its function should not be taken for granted since it plays an important part in lubricating oral tissues in speech, taste, digestion, mastication and swallowing. It also has an important role in preventing dental decay.
If you’re experiencing Xerostomia, you may complain about a dry mouth, have altered taste, feel a need to drink frequently when talking or eating, have difficulty when talking or swallowing dry foods, experience oral burning or soreness, have swollen salivary glands, or lastly, cracked lips at the corner of the mouth.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation today to discuss effective remedies to help you overcome dry mouth.
Your oral health also can affect other medical conditions. For example, if you are diabetic, a mouth infection can disrupt your blood-sugar levels and make your diabetes harder to control. Researchers also are exploring whether periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of various medical problems. These may include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and premature births.