Xerostomia/ Dry Mouth Syndrome

What is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, is the condition where an individual fails to produce enough saliva to keep the mouth lubricated. This may be due to a problem with the salivary glands or is often a side effects associated with various medications.

The role of saliva

Saliva fulfils numerous roles in the mouth and should not be taken for granted as it plays an important part in lubricating oral tissues in speech, taste, digestion, mastication and swallowing. Saliva also plays an important role in preventing dental decay.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Xerostomia include:

  • A dry mouth
  • Altered taste
  • Feeling the need to drink frequently when talking or eating
  • Having difficulty when talking or swallowing dry foods
  • Experiencing oral burning or soreness
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Cracked lips at the corner of the mouth

Don't hesitate to contact our dental team to schedule a consultation today to discuss effective remedies to help you overcome dry mouth.