01450 Dentist

Comprehensive, Compassionate Dental Care

Dry Mouth – Not Just a Nuisance | Groton MA Dentist

Dentist Groton

Normal flow of saliva provides lubrication for swallowing and begins the process of digestion while you chew. Saliva also protects your teeth by neutralizing and washing away acids, sugars, and other particles left behind after eating. From time to time, we all experience some amount of dry mouth. Hot weather, exercise, and dehydration can all cause a temporary decrease in saliva production. However, if you have chronic dry mouth, or xerostomia, you could be at risk of serious oral health complications. 

Some of the oral health issues commonly associated with dry mouth include: 

  • Much higher rates of tooth decay 
  • Oral yeast infection 
  • Bad breath (halitosis) 
  • Periodontal (gum) disease 
  • Constant sore throat 
  • Soft tissue infections 
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Denture discomfort 

The most common cause of chronic dry mouth is medication. More than 400 over-the-counter and prescription medications include dry mouth as a frequent side effect. Dry mouth is also associated with stress, autoimmune and other systemic diseases, hormonal changes, radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancers, and salivary gland disease. 

You may find relief from dry mouth through a variety of methods. Some easy options to help alleviate your dry mouth include: 

  • Increased water intake 
  • Sugar-free candies or gum 
  • Artificial saliva, as recommended by doctor or dentist 
  • Alcohol-free mouthwash 
  • Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated soft drinks 
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home 
  • Change in medication, only as directed by doctor 

Brush and floss regularly to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications. 

If you are experiencing dry mouth, make an appointment and be sure to tell our Groton dentist. We will review your medications and perform a thorough dental exam to check for any potential underlying oral health issues. 

For more information about dry mouth, contact Groton Family Dentistry.

Groton Family Dentistry
Phone: 978-448-6814
16 A Hollis St.
Groton, MA 01450

We’re Here for You!

Location

Dentist Groton
Groton Family Dentistry
16 A Hollis St.
Groton, MA 01450

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:15am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:15am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Dental News in Groton

Dentist Groton

Seniors and Oral Health | Ahmad Nachawati DMD

As you age, it’s essential to maintain strong and healthy teeth. At Groton Family Dentistry, led by Dr. Ahmad Nachawati DMD, we understand th...

Read More >>

Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Groton MA Dentist

Ensuring optimal oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing regularly; it also includes tongue care. Bacteria can accumulate on the ...

Read More >>

Dispelling Root Canal Myths | Dentist in 01450

In today’s “information age,” myths abound across various topics, and dentistry is no exception. Root canals, in particular, have...

Read More >>
Gorton Dentist
Dentist Gorton