Chronic dry mouth can have many causes, and recognizing the source of your dry mouth is an important part of handling the problem. This is especially crucial since reduced saliva production can lead to chronic bad breath and significantly raise your risk of developing tooth decay. If you struggle with chronic dryness in the mouth, our dentist and team can help you determine the cause and find an effective solution.
Dry mouth is a common side effect of some medications that you may be taking. If you have a medication that you suspect is causing your dry mouth, we encourage you to talk to your doctor about your options. While you may need to continue taking your prescribed medication, you and your doctor can discuss some habits that may rectify the problem. For example, you may find that frequently taking sips of water or chewing sugar-free gum, as well as reducing your intake of salt, may help to improve your condition. Your doctor can also offer sources of artificial saliva in the form of supplements.
You may be able to improve your saliva production by cutting back on caffeine and alcohol since these substances are dehydrating. Regular use of tobacco can also contribute to feelings of dryness in the mouth.
If you are taking over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants, some of these may dry out your mucus membranes. If you suspect this is the case, speak with your physician regarding any options for alternative medications.
Seemingly unrelated medical issues can also be the cause. Oral and pharyngeal cancer, as well as some medical conditions that affect your liver or kidneys, can directly cause dry mouth.
If you need help determine potential causes of chronic dry mouth or you are struggling to manage your condition, please feel free to contact Chalfont Dentistry at 215-660-3636 to meet with our dentist, Dr. Sindhu Gundabathula, about dry mouth treatment in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.