Los Angeles Dentist: What can I do about dry mouth?

Q: I suffer from dry mouth. What can I do about it?

A: Dry mouth – properly called xerostomia but often known as cottonmouth – is a common condition with many possible causes. Some of these causes, such as dehydration, are relatively simple conditions that are easily correctable. Other potential causes, such as untreated diabetes, are more serious. Xerostomia can also be a side effect of certain medications.

If you suffer from xerostomia, it’s important to drink plenty of water every day – at least eight full glasses. You can also stimulate the flow of saliva by chewing sugar-free gum containing xlitol. Avoid tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. If you’re using mouthwash, be sure to use one without alcohol. Saliva replacement gels are also available at many drug stores.

It’s very important to learn the cause of your dry mouth and treat it. Left untreated, xerostomia can cause serious problems. Dry mouth can lead to difficulty swallowing or speaking, and it makes you much more likely to develop cavities. If you suffer from dry mouth, visit our office to determine the cause and discuss possible treatments for your condition.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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