Dry mouth is usually a symptom of another underlying condition.  If it is a chronic and ongoing symptom, then it should be discussed in detail with the dentist.  It will be necessary to explain to the dentist what medications a patient may be taking.  This is because many of them may cause this uncomfortable side effect.  It may be possible to find a substitute that gives the same benefits without the side effects.

This condition can also be caused by a disease that has not yet been discovered.  Diabetes and Graves’ disease are two illnesses that will commonly cause this discomfort.  It can also be caused from the treatment of many diseases such as cancer or high blood pressure.  Many types of treatments leave the patient with symptoms that are often just labeled side effects.  However, because this issue can have such a big impact on the oral health of the patient, it must be dealt with immediately.

Dry mouth, medically named Xerostomia, can sometimes be the result of salivary glands that stop producing the amount of saliva that they should, with that being somewhere in the area of two to three pints per day.  If this is the case, then stimulants can be given to the patient to increase their saliva production.

Saliva is important because it helps to keep a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth.  Without saliva, this bacterium can overproduce and end up causing cavities and decay along the gum line.  It can also lead to halitosis, or bad breath, because of the buildup of plaque.  Saliva is also important for being able to swallow.  The lack of it can result in a sore throat and difficulty in swallowing. If a patient is suffering with dry mouth symptoms, they should contact their dentist for an appointment to discuss possible causes and the course of action.