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Causes of Dry Mouth

bleeding gums fullerton caDry mouth can cause a constant burning sensation, habitual bad breath, a dry and scratchy throat and a loss of taste. Other symptoms of dry mouth include difficulty speaking, chewing and swallowing. Dry mouth may be a sign of more complex dental and health concerns. Caused by a decrease in saliva production in the salivary glands dry mouth can leave your mouth feeling dry and irritated. Fullerton, CA dentist Dr. Kush Patel and Dr. Krutav Patel practice comprehensive dentistry. Drs. Patel & Patel will curate a comprehensive oral treatment plan to treat the root of your oral health concerns for a life long healthy and functioning smile.

Saliva is important to your oral health because it keeps your mouth moist, washes away debris and neutralize acids. Slavia is your natural defense against plaque buildup that assists in keeping oral bacteria under control. Reduced saliva production may lead to food and bacteria build up in your teeth. Without abundant saliva, your mouth becomes more susceptible to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Some adults experience a surge in cavities later in life due to these side effects of dry mouth.

What’s Behind Dry Mouth

It’s estimated that there are over 500 medications that indicate dry mouth as a side effect. Diuretics, high blood pressure medication and medications for pain and anxiety are some of the common prescription drugs that may cause dry mouth. Menopause, pregnancy and other dramatic hormonal shifts may also lead to dry mouth. Smoking is another leading factor in dry mouth, oral cancer and tooth decay. If you are a smoker be sure to visit the dentist office for preventive oral cancer screenings.

Stimulate Saliva For Dry Mouth Relief

There are a few simple remedies to help alleviate dry mouth and may help to stimulate saliva production. Always consult with our Fullerton dentist and your medical doctor before starting any new oral health care routine. It is always important to discuss any medications you are on with your dentist.

Try out some of these tips for temporary relief of dry mouth.

Drink Plenty of Water: Water can keep your mouth moist and help to wash away debris and bacteria.
Sugar Free Gum: Chewing stimulates saliva production. Chewing sugar free gum can help activate your salivary glands.
Avoid Coffee, Juice & Tea: These drinks have high acidity. Acidic beverages can dry out your mouth.

If you are experiencing prolonged dry mouth we encourage you to make an appointment with Fullerton Craft Smiles Dental. Early diagnosis can help prevent needing complex restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. A daily oral hygiene routine and frequently scheduled visits to our Fullerton, CA dentist office with Drs. Patel & Patel can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful.