Dry Mouth Definition And Solutions
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) is extremely destructive, resulting in:
- Rampant tooth decay destroying existing dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and fillings)
- Cheeks, tongue and gums becoming very tender and sore
- Plaque accumulation accelerating gum disease
- Reduction in saliva results in a dry mouth.
- Medications and natural aging are the usual causes of reduction in saliva.
Your saliva has 3 main functions: It bathes your mouth, acts as a buffer against acid and kills bacteria and viruses.
What To Do About Dry Mouth?
AVOID SUGAR! The bacteria in your mouth metabolize sugar and turns it in to acid, which destroys teeth. Using mints, hard candies and gum with sugar will result in uncontrollable tooth decay.
Do The Following:
- Sip water frequently
- Xylitol or Trident™ gum- 5 pieces/daily (available in stores or on-line)
- Biotene™ spray (as needed through the day, over the counter)
- Prevident™ toothpaste at night (prescription only)
Possible Further Treatments:
- Flouride trays
- More frequent cleanings