What is Xerostomia? Dry Mouth!

Many people suffer from a condition called xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth. This unpleasant condition may be caused by:

  • Certain diseases and treatments,
  • Use of prescription drugs
  • Emotional stress.

Xerostomia results when a person has an inadequate flow of saliva. Saliva has many important functions in your mouth:

  • It coats and lubricates the oral tissues,
  • cleanses the mouth
  • neutralizes acidic and alkaline foods
  • helps start the process of food digestion

Insufficient saliva production, over a period of time, can lead to poor food digestion, tooth decay and gum disease.

Some at-home treatments include drinking more fluids and using sugarless lozenges and artificial saliva. It is also important to have regular dental checkups and to brush and floss daily. Other ways to ease dry mouth include:

  • Sugar-free gum or candy to stimulate saliva flow
  • Artificial saliva
  • Frequent sips of water
  • Alcohol-free oral rinses
  • Restricting intake of caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages.

If you find dry mouth to be a problem, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. We can help to identify its source and develop a treatment plan. Feel free to contact our office at 416-922-6848.

We value you as a patient and want you to be as healthy as possible

Michael Bulger