Posted on 9/19/2022 by Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center
Dry Mouth Syndrome (DMS) is a common condition that can cause difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eating. Up to 20% of the population suffers from DMS, but many people are unaware of their condition. This blog post will discuss the symptoms and treatment options for DMS.
Dry Mouth Syndrome: Causes and Symptoms
Dry Mouth Syndrome, or xerostomia, is characterized by decreased saliva production. While it may seem like a minor annoyance, dry mouth can lead to several serious problems, including an increased risk of cavities and difficulty swallowing. The exact causes of dry mouth are not always clear. Still, it can be a side effect of certain medications, radiation therapy, or a symptom of conditions like Sjogren's syndrome or diabetes. This condition is more prevalent in older adults, as saliva production decreases with age. People who take certain medications (such as antidepressants, antihistamines, or painkillers) are also at a higher risk for dry mouth. Additionally, people who drink alcohol or smoke are more likely to experience dry mouth.
Treatment and Management of Dry Mouth Syndrome
There are some ways to treat dry mouth, depending on the underlying cause. If your dry mouth is due to medication, your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative drug. For people with diabetes, managing blood sugar levels can help alleviate dry mouth symptoms. Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that cannot be cured, but treatments are available to help manage the symptoms. These include artificial saliva products, mouthwashes, and lozenges. It is quite essential to see your doctor if you think you may have a dry mouth, as it can lead to other serious problems. When not treated in time, dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease. Drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding tobacco products, and using saliva substitutes can all help to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. It can also make it difficult to eat and speak.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please see our dentist for further evaluation and treatment.
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