Dry and Itchy Mouth?

Does your mouth feel dry and itchy? Does your tongue feel sticky? Your Coquitlam dentist gives you some tips to deal with a dry mouth.

Saliva is important to moisten and cleanse our mouth. It also helps in digestion of food. Saliva flow helps to prevent infection caused due to bacteria. Decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth is called as dry mouth.

Dry mouth may be caused as a side effect of certain medicines used to cure common illnesses like depression, anxiety, pain, allergies & colds. Dry mouth can also result of cancer treatments like chemotherapy, and radiation. Smoking or chewing of tobacco may aggravate the symptoms of dry mouth. The most common complaint in patients with dry mouth is a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst and painful sores in the mouth. You may also have cracked dry lips along with a tingling sensation in the mouth. A dry, red raw tongue may cause trouble to taste and chew food. You may also experience bad breath due to a dry mouth.

Dry mouth increases your risk of gum diseases, cavities and infections. Patients who wear dentures may find it difficult to wear dentures. If your symptoms persist, you can contact your doctor. Your doctor may alter the dosage of your medication or prescribe you an oral rinse that would help to restore moisture in your mouth.

Your Coquitlam dentist gives you some tips to increase your salivary flow:

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Use a tooth paste which contains fluoride and a mouth rinse that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid breathing through your mouth as it may worsen your symptoms.
  • You can use a saliva substitute to keep your mouth moist.
  • You can also use a vaporizer to keep your bedroom air moist.

If you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, and you would like to know more about treatment option available, call our Coquitlam Dental Centre today to book an appointment.

Posted on by Dr. Ashnaei in Blog

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