Dangers of Dry Mouth Condition

Dry mouth, more technically known as xerostomia, is a serious problem for your oral health. Most people experience dry mouth on occasion, such as when they are nervous or frightened. However, when dry mouth has become a chronic condition, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Saliva has a protective role, washing away bacteria, food particles, and other harmful substances. When there is not enough saliva in the mouth, these substances sit on the teeth where they can cause infection, tooth decay, gum disease, and a host of other oral health problems.

Dry mouth may have a variety of causes, and the first thing Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, will do once you have been diagnosed with dry mouth is to try to uncover the cause of the problem. Dry mouth is sometimes caused by medications, such as medications to treat depression, anxiety, pain, or allergies, among others. In this case, changing the medication or the dosage of the medication may help to alleviate the problem.

In other cases, the dry mouth may be caused by a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Sjögren’s syndrome. In other cases, the salivary gland may have become damaged through chemotherapy. If one of these conditions is causing the dry mouth, Dr. Frame will work with you to help facilitate the functioning of the salivary gland to increase the production of saliva.

Dr. Frame, specialist for teeth cleaning in Santa Clara, can help with your dry mouth. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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