How to live with dry mouth (xerostomia) symptoms

dry mouth, the McHenry DentistThe McHenry Dentists say “there are at least 3 ways to combat the symptoms of dry mouth or xerostomia. They include:

1. saliva stimulation
2. saliva replacement
3. medications”

 

The McHenry Dentist agrees with the The American Dental Association that found chewing sugarless gum helps increase saliva flow.  Read the entire article….

The act of chewing stimulates saliva flow.  The additional saliva flow will also help to neutralize and wash away food particles and acids that can break down enamel causing dental caries (cavities).

Here is a list of sugarless chewing gums with the American Dental Association Seal:

  • Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum
  • ICE BREAKERS ICE CUBES Sugar Free Chewing Gum
  • Stride Sugarless Gum
  • Trident® Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Extra Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Orbit for Kids Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Orbit Sugarfree Gum

Call The McHenry Dentist if you would like to discuss your issues with dry mouth to find the right solutions to help you combat the symptoms of dry mouth.

What causes dry mouth?

McHenry dentists, dry mouthOur McHenry dentists see a variety of  patients who complain of dry mouth (xerostomia).

What causes dry mouth?

Medications:  Many common medications decrease saliva.  These medications include:   cold remedies,  antihistamines. anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics.

Disease:  Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, arthritis, HIV, anemia or stroke.

Chemotherapy:  Patients who are treated for head and neck cancer report a decrease in saliva.   Their saliva glands may be affected by the chemotherapy.

Lifestyle Habits:  Smoking and using chewing tobacco affect saliva production.

If you would like to learn more, click here to watch a video by the American Dental Association on dry mouth.