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Are You Experiencing Persistent Dry Mouth Symptoms?

Our San Jose Dry Mouth Dentist Helps People Treat Xerostomia

Almost everyone has had a moment in their life where they felt thirsty. However, xerostomia, the condition known as dry mouth, is much more serious. Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands in your mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. These glands help you digest food and reduce the amount of acids in your mouth. When you have xerostomia, it can do more than make your mouth dry. Your teeth are more likely to decay without treatment, for example. If you believe that you are suffering from xerostomia, our San Jose dry mouth dentist can help.

At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we have been enhancing people’s smiles since 1979. We know how important dental health is and how frustrating xerostomia can be. After all, the side effects of dry mouth can have a direct impact on your daily life. We offer a friendly family environment with efficient and professional work. If you need preventative dentistry services, emergency services or an examination for dry mouth, we can help.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth can occur due to a variety of different sources. In general, your lifestyle, diet and medical history can all play a role in xerostomia symptoms. However, there are other factors that can contribute to dry mouth as well. Since this is the case, the best way to find out if you have xerostomia is to contact our San Jose dry mouth dentist, Dr. Raymond W. Lim. He can look over your dental history and help identify what contributing factors to look out for.

Some common causes of dry mouth can involve:

  • Aging: In general, the older you are, the more likely you are to experience dry mouth. Aging contributes to dry mouth due to natural changes in the body. However, health issues and diet can also affect dry mouth in an aging individual.
  • Infections: Dry mouth may be a side effect of another disease. For example, diabetes, mumps, Alzheimer’s and other health issues can contribute to dry mouth symptoms.
  • Medications: If you have ever looked at the back of an over the counter medication, odds are you have seen dry mouth listed as a side effect. In general, most medications can contribute to dry mouth. This includes prescription and non-prescription blood pressure medication, muscle relaxers, pain medication and other medications.
  • Alcohol and Cigarette Use: Both cigarettes and alcohol can cause you to experience dry mouth. This includes any type of alcohol and chewing tobacco.
  • Cancer Treatment: If you are undergoing chemo or radiation therapy for cancer, experiencing dry mouth is a very common side effect. These treatments cause the saliva to thicken.

 

How Do You Get Rid of Dry Mouth?

If you have experienced dry mouth, then you know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be. Symptoms of dry mouth can impact your daily routine. For example, dry mouth causes your breath to smell bad due to increased tooth decay, causing potentially awkward social encounters. You also might have more serious issues, such as having problems speaking or frequently experiencing gum disease. Ultimately, the best way to get rid of xerostomia is to contact our San Jose dry mouth dentist.

Some common things you can do to prevent or control dry mouth involve:

  • Diet: Sugars can dry your mouth quickly. Since this is the case, it is best to minimize your sugar intake by avoiding sweet and carbonated drinks, like soda. Additionally, you should avoid red meat and salty, dry foods; instead, try to eat soft meals that are high in protein.
  • Humidifier: The moisture in the air can contribute to dry mouth side effects. If you do not own a humidifier, purchasing one can often help reduce the side effects of xerostomia.
  • Avoid Mouthwash: Most mouthwashes contain alcohol. Since alcohol dries your mouth, you should avoid any alcohol-based mouthwash if you are experiencing xerostomia side effects. Instead look for a mouthwash with a saliva substitute known as “carboxymethyl cellulose”, which is alcohol free.
  • Breathing Exercises: Breathing through your mouth dries your throat more than breathing through your nose. If you prefer to breathe through your mouth, breathing exercises can help reduce dry mouth symptoms.
  • FDA Approved Dry Mouth Appliance: Dental Smiles of Willow Glen is an accepted provider for the only FDA approved oral appliance to stimulate the salivary glands called the Saliwell Medical Device. The devise is able to increase salivary production to make your mouth less dry. Contact Dr Raymond Lim for more information on whether this device is a good fit for you.
  • Xylimelt Dry Mouth Discs from OraCoat: These are over-the-counter oral adhering discs that stick to your soft tissue inside your mouth to relieve persistent dry mouth by stimulating saliva production.

Are You Experiencing Dry Mouth Symptoms? Call Our San Jose Dry Mouth Dentist Today

Are you tired of worrying about bad breath due to dry mouth? Do you have concerns that a medication or food in your diet is contributing to xerostomia symptoms? Are you finding it difficult to eat or drink? At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we believe everyone has the right to a healthy, glowing smile. Dr. Raymond W. Lim has been helping people enhance their life by providing professional work and compassionate care since 1979. If you believe you have dry mouth due to xerostomia, then our San Jose dry mouth dental office can help.

At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we have been improving smiles and enhancing lives for over 40 years. We offer a full range of dental procedures that can enhance the life of you or your loved ones. To schedule an appointment with us, contact us online or call our San Jose, California dental office at (408)752-5711.

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