Dry mouth or Xerostomia is a condition when the amount of saliva present in the mouth is reduced. This reduction can vary from a little to a lot to the total loss of saliva. The amount of saliva a normal person produces during the day is about 2 cups. The ability of a patient to detect a decrease in saliva is when the volume of saliva decreases about 50%, or down to one cup.
Patients who have a decreased salivary output will notice the sensation of stickiness in the mouth with the inside of the cheeks and the tongue sticking to the teeth. They will also notice difficulty in swallowing during meals and that the saliva is more ropey or foamy.
More than 400 medications can cause the salivary glands to produce less saliva:
It is difficult to cure dry mouth, so management of dry mouth is critical for oral health, tooth integrity, and overall systemic health. The important aspect of dry mouth management is preventing all the possible ill effects of Dry Mouth. Therefore, the patient must attempt to keep the mouth moist and use adjuncts which will help prevent growth of harmful bacteria, reduce plaque accumulation, and help prevent decay.
The following list of products are important in the management of Dry Mouth:
If you have any questions after reading this information, please feel free to call us at (903) 455-7673, so we can discuss what will work best for you.