Dry Mouth Therapy

Experiencing dry mouth or “Xerostomia” once in a while is a common condition—especially if you are slightly dehydrated, nervous, upset or under stress. But if dry mouth is a condition that exists a great deal of the time, it could be an indicator of a more serious health condition. At Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, we are trained to diagnose and treat any dry mouth, because we understand persistent dry mouth can lead to poor dental health.

A “dry mouth” can become an unhealthy mouth

Saliva serves as our body’s natural defenses against tooth decay and plaque build-up. Generating saliva allows your mouth to self-rinse of cavity-causing bacteria and harmful material build-up. Dry mouth can be caused by a number of conditions, including eating disorders, diabetes, diet, tobacco use, and as a result of taking certain medications. Other causes of dry mouth include aging, compromised immune systems, and even nerve damage.

Symptoms of dry mouth can be as simple as bad breath, or as disruptive as burning tongue syndrome, an overly-sensitive tongue, chronic thirst or even difficulty speaking.

Treating dry mouth

Often, dry mouth can be minimized by sipping water regularly, chewing sugarless gum and avoiding causes like smoking. However, if dry mouth persists, Dr. Nelson may be able to prescribe a therapy to help treat or eliminate the condition. This can include changing an existing medication or adjusting its dosage. Dr. Nelson can also prescribe medication that will help the saliva glands secrete saliva more regularly. In extreme cases, the use of an artificial saliva medication may also be prescribed.

Call today to schedule a dry mouth therapy consultation: 860-347-1227

 

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Part of the National Historical Trust Registry, our lovingly restored, tranquil office combines old world charm with the most modern dental technologies and procedures available.

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717 Newfield Street, Middletown, CT 06457