Identifying the Symptoms of Dry Mouth

  • Posted on: Jul 30 2015
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You may not be aware of it but your saliva has several vital functions — from the salivary enzymes that help you digest food to keeping the bacteria in your mouth in check. Dry mouth syndrome, also known as xerostomia, is one of the oral health issues that can arise from reduced levels of saliva in the mouth.

dry mouthIndividuals with dry mouth syndrome often experience one or more of the following symptoms:

? Cotton mouth or the sticky, dry feeling in the tongue, lips, gums, throat, and inner cheeks
? Chronic bad breath
? Difficulties in eating or speaking
? Burning sensation in the tongue
? Metallic or bitter taste in the mouth
? Difficulties wearing dentures
? Lip cracks and/or mouth sores

The symptoms above could worsen at night because saliva flow normally decreases during the evening. In some individuals, dry mouth may exist side by side with mucositis and stomatitis, both of which involve inflammation of the soft tissues in the mouth.

What causes dry mouth?
Dry mouth syndrome may be influenced by a wide range of factors, including the following:

? Advancing age
? Use of certain medications such as antihistamines and certain antidepressants
? Autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome
? Health issues like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease
? Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, get in touch with us today by calling 304-845-2480 to set up an appointment.

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