One of the most common complaints patients have is dry mouth. In dentistry this is called xerostomia.
Xerostomia refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to
keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth is often due to the side effect of certain medications or aging issues or
as a result of radiation therapy for cancer. Less often, dry mouth may be caused by a condition that
directly affects the salivary glands.
Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids produced by bacteria, limiting bacterial growth
and washing away food particles. Saliva also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to chew
and swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion.
Decreased saliva and dry mouth can range from being a nuisance to something that has a major impact
on your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your appetite and enjoyment
Treatment for dry mouth depends on the cause. Please call our office for any “dry mouth” issues you
may be experiencing. V. L.