How to Treat Xerostomia

  posted by: Rio Dianne

 

 

how to treat xerostomiaLately, we’ve written some posts about the different steps you can take to treat a variety of dental problems.  Now though, we’ve prepared another article that will help you with your quest in dealing oral problems.   Having said this, we’re going to talk about another condition – Xerostomia.  What is Xerostomia, you ask?  According to its definition, Xerostomia is a medical condition wherein there isn’t enough saliva to keep one’s mouth wet.  The state is otherwise known as dry mouth.   Once there is a lack of saliva in the mouth, it won’t be able to get rid of plaque, debris, and sugar thus resulting to other symptoms of serious oral problem including tooth decay, and periodontal disease.   Many people suffer from dry mouth at some point in their lives which is why a lot has been looking for ways on how treat Xerostomia.  If you are one of them, then read the entire article and learn what treatment you can undertake to address the issue.

Causes of Dry Mouth

The condition is usually linked with a variety of medical diagnosis such as Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and many others.  The problem may also arise as the person ages.  The use of certain prescription drugs, cancer treatment, dehydration, and other several diseases are also among the common causes why the problem occurs.

How to Cure Xerostomia

The basis of treatment for this problem varies from one case to another.  Once the issue has been chronic, it is advised to seek medical attention to get the underlying cause.  On the other hand, you can also try some of these remedies in treating dry mouth.

  • Drink fluids from time to time to keep the mouth wet and prevent dehydration.
  • Cut back on consumption of coffee, tea, and alcohol.  These substances are know to decrease production of saliva.
  • Opt for sugar-free gum which may aid to increase the amount of saliva.
  • Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco.
  • Always breathe through the nose so as not to dry the mouth.
  • Use a humidifier in you bedroom to add moisture thus reduce Xerostomia syndrome.
  • Pay special attention to dental hygiene.  Brushing and flossing should be done regularly.
  • Mouth wash products with alcohol should be avoided.  Instead, use carboxymethyl cellulose saliva as substitute.

Those are some of the self-help tips on how to cure Xerostomia.  Like I’ve said, once the drying of the mouth has been chronic, talk with your doctor and seek for ways on how to stimulate production of saliva to prevent this incident.  Finally, Xerostomia is not a disease.  However, it may be a sign of an underlying illness, so be sure to take charge of your dental health and make sure that your mouth is always lubricated.  Good luck!

 

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