First and foremost factor prior to determining treatment for dry mouth is to find out the cause of dry mouth. There are 3 key factors to focus on when treating dry mouth:
- medical conditions
- increase in saliva flow
- preventing decay
Causes of Dry Mouth
- certain drugs that are used to treat depression, anxiety, pain or allergies or Parkinson’s disease can be responsible for making your mouth go dry. In such situations, the solution can be either to change dosage or change the drug.
- If the medical condition cannot be changed for e.g if the saliva gland has been damaged because of treatments like radiation etc then the treatment will focus of increasing the saliva.
Dry mouth results
Saliva is a natural mouth cleanser. It not only helps in digesting food but also makes it easy for chewing and swallowing food. Lack of saliva can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Hence if you have the problem of dry mouth, it is better to be cautious and ensure that adequate care and treatments are taken to prevent dryness.
Following are some of the measures you can take to prevent dry mouth:
- Brush regularly – at least twice a day
- Floss everyday
- Use tooth pastes that contain fluoride
- Visit your dentist regularly and make sure you clean your teeth
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