What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth is a condition caused when your mouth does not create enough saliva. Dry mouth is generally an uncomfortable condition that can lead to infection and increase your chances of suffering from gum disease. Dry mouth can be caused by many factors, such as:

  • A side effect of some medications, diseases, and treatments
  • Damage to the head and neck
  • Dehydration
  • Tobacco use
  • Consistently breathing with your mouth open

What treatment options are available for dry mouth?

Some of the common symptoms of dry mouth include a dry feeling, persistent thirst, sores, dry throat, bad breath, sore throat, and trouble chewing, speaking, and tasting properly. Fortunately, our dentist can recommend several solutions to combat dry mouth. Based on your needs, Dr. Trevor Salmon may recommend that you drink plenty of water, use fluoride toothpaste, breathe through your nose more often, or use a vaporizer. We may also recommend adjusting your doses or taking a different medication, or we may offer you a prescription specifically for dry mouth. Please feel free to contact us at Metro 1 Family Dental today if you would like to learn more about your treatment options for dry mouth in Hyattsville, Maryland.