31st March 2020

How To Maintain Oral Hygiene With Chronic Dry Mouth

Conditions in your mouth can often lead to problems for your teeth. Understanding and managing these conditions can be of vital importance to maintain your long-term oral hygiene. One such condition is that of dry mouth, a common issue that people can develop or suffer from in their lifetime. So, with that in mind, here are some of the key methods that can help you to manage chronic dry mouth as part of your regular routine.

What is Chronic Dry Mouth?

Known also by its medical name of xerostomia, this is a condition in which your saliva glands fail to make enough saliva to successfully keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth can be the result of certain medications, sometimes due to ageing and often also the result of radiation treatments for cancer patients.

Symptoms

Symptoms of dry mouth can actually be much wider than, well, a dry mouth. Obviously it’s the main symptom and will be the most noticeable in more cases than not. However, other symptoms which you may suffer from can also include:

  • Dryness in throat.
  • Thick saliva.
  • A difference in your sense of taste.
  • Cracked lips or mouth sores.
  • Bad breath.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Gum disease.

As you can see, in some cases the implications of chronic dry mouth can be detrimental to your long-term oral health.

Prevention

Of course, there are also ways that you can help to prevent dry mouth or at least work to alleviate the symptoms for better management. Such techniques as the following can help with your dry mouth:

  • Use artifical saliva lubricants which are available over the counter from chemists
  • Sip water often, whilst drinking less sugary drinks overall.
  • Use sugarless snacks (such as gum, sweets or ice chips) to help stimulate your saliva production.
  • Caffeine, alcohol and smoking can all worsen dry mouth symptoms. So, reduce these in your lifestyle as much as possible.
  • Eat more soft, moist, meals to help alleviate some of your symptoms.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene

There are several methods that you can employ to help maintain your oral hygiene, even when you suffer from chronic dry mouth. Some of these methods can include:

  • Brush normally, twice a day
  • Use the aforementioned artificial saliva lubricants, available from chemists.
  • Avoid any mouthwash that contains alcohol as this can contribute to or make your dry mouth symptoms worse..
  • Try to incorporate a dry mouth-specific toothpaste into your daily routine. As when used properly they can help to alleviate some of the symptoms.
  • See your dentist every 6 months for a regular check-up.

Visit Your Dentist

If you have any doubts or questions about dry mouth then it is important to speak with your dentist. Especially if your concerns relate to how it impacts your oral health, as there are ways that your dentist can help you to manage this through a normal routine.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Department of Health guidelines, Dental Solutions is currently closed. However, if you would like to discuss your dental issues and arrange to be contacted for a future consultation as soon as we reopen, then there are several ways to do so.

Please call our practice on 01925 756565 and leave a message, fill out the contact form or email us at [email protected].

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