Dry mouth symptoms can include many different types of things, such as difficulty in swallowing. It can also involve an incredible thirst as well as a sore throat at times. All of these can be hints of other underlying conditions that have yet to reveal themselves. It is extremely important that this condition be reported to the dentist or the general medical doctor.
This type of problem is also commonly experienced by people who take different types of medications. Many of the medications that are used as treatment other conditions can often have this type of side effect. When talking to the dentist about this type of problem, the patient should be sure to bring along a list of all medications that are currently being taken as well as the number of milligrams taken each day.
These problems present themselves because of a lack of salvia being produced by the salivary gland. This can have dire consequences for the mouth if they are not taken care of immediately. Saliva is responsible for taking away most of the bacteria as well as rinsing away any food particles that may be left behind after eating. When the gland that produces saliva isn’t working properly, all of this bacterium is left behind to create more and more plaque as it feeds on the food particles in excess that weren’t rinsed away. The result can be painful cavities as well as bad breath.
Dry mouth symptoms can be alleviated in part by drinking plenty of water and using oral washes with fluoride in them for added protection. Sugar free gum can be chewed and saliva stimulating medications can be prescribed as well.