Dry mouth is also known as xerostomia, is a disorder that can affect the saliva flow, which causes the mouth to feel dry.
How do I know if you have dry lips?
Apart from the obvious sign, your mouth feeling uncomfortable dry there are additional signs to look out for. Many people report that their saliva is dry and sticky, while others experience a burning sensation inside their mouths.
What are the risks of dry mouth?
Our mouths require saliva to function properly. It’s our main defence against decaying teeth. Our saliva neutralizes acids from plaque and continuously cleans our teeth and mouth to fight cavities and help to keep our teeth healthy.
Dry mouth can impact our speech. Also the fact that saliva is less plentiful could affect the taste of food we consume and make it more difficult to consume food that is dry. People who have dry mouths also tend to develop bad breath.
How do I treat dry mouth?
If you suffer from gums that are dry, we recommend you to speak with your doctor and see your pediatric dentist regularly.
Here are some easy ways to alleviate dry mouth:
- Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
- Apply lip lubricants according to the prescriptions and recommended by your doctor.
- Sugar-free chewing gum.
- Beware of spicy, salty sweet, hard to chew and difficult-to-eat food.
- Avoid irritating substances such as alcohol (including mouth rinses that contain alcohol) as well as caffeine, tobacco and
- Utilize a humidifier during the night.
How can I prevent dental problems that can be caused by dry mouth?
- Cleanse your teeth twice per every day using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth daily.
- Visit your dentist at least every 6 months for checkups, and to prevent decay bacteria, or fungal oral infections.