In this blog post from Michelsen Dental in Orange CA we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can have a negative impact on your dental health.
The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STOE-me-uh. It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and is also common in people who are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. It’s also caused by a condition of the salivary glands themselves, but that is less common.
Dry mouth is also common in older people. Older people are often taking more medication than they did when younger. The body isn’t always as efficient in processing these medications as it once was.
Tobacco and alcohol use can also bring on symptoms of dry mouth, as well as so-called recreational drugs.
Chemotherapy may have an impact on the salivary glands, and their ability to produce saliva. It might return to normal once the treatment is finished.
Treatment for dry mouth depends on what’s causing it. If you’re coping with dry mouth but don’t know why it’s happening, please let us know at Michelsen Dental in Orange CA., where your dental health is always our top priority. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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