Chronic dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, causes your mouth to experience decreased saliva production. This can be the start of several different oral health problems. You see the saliva in your mouth plays several important roles, it helps to wash away stray food material after you eat, while also lubricating the mouth, and limiting the bacterial load in your mouth.
This can be the result of several different factors, which might be related or escalate each other to impede saliva production. This includes regular alcohol consumption, tobacco use, and chronic dehydration, as well as certain medications and medical conditions. At the same time, certain forms of oral or pharyngeal cancer can also cause a reduction in saliva production.
Here at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas, our team of specialists can help you understand the underlying cause of your chronic dry mouth problems. We can then help you find the best option to restore sufficient hydration in your mouth.
This might include sipping water throughout the day, or the use of saliva substitutes or saliva stimulants. If an underlying medical or oral health condition is at the core of the problem, we can help you find the referral to the specialists needed to begin professional treatment.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and you have been struggling to deal with chronic dry mouth problem, you should call 704-364-3770 to schedule an appointment with Prosthodontics of the Carolinas.