Solving the Problem of Dry Mouth

You’ve probably experienced dry mouth—times when your tongue feels like felt and you just aren’t producing enough saliva to feel comfortable. If the dryness continues, you may see and feel additional symptoms—chapped lips, cracks at the corner of your mouth, even difficulty in speaking or swallowing.

“Dry mouth doesn’t sound like something important to worry about,” says Dr Carol Ford from her Phoenix Dentistry office, “but without treatment, there can be serious problems,” she adds.

sports_relatedThe Mayo Clinic confirms the prevalence of dry mouth: “Hundreds of medications, including some over-the-counter drugs, produce dry mouth as a side effect. Among the more likely types to cause problems are some of the drugs used to treat depression and anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants, high blood pressure medications . . . “  While aging itself is not a cause of dry mouth, older people generally take more medications and dry mouth is the main complaint.

The result of a dry mouth is an increase in bacteria that cause cavities and plaque—in other words, dry mouth is bad for your teeth. Saliva contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral elements, and when you aren’t producing enough saliva, your teeth are in danger of dental disease.

If you are experiencing dry mouth, you should schedule a visit to your doctor or dentist. Both can do tests to determine the causes of dry mouth. Sometimes a change in medication is in order. But sometimes the answer is simpler. Your dentist may suggest that you use a mouthwash—CTx4 by CariFree. This mouthwash adjusts the pH (acid level) in your mouth as well as providing antibacterial action, fluoride (which prevents cavities) and Xylitol (which fights plaque). By removing the causes of dry mouth this special mouthwash could solve the problem.

“The best solution is one that is easy to use,” says Dr. Ford. “And  re-gaining healthy teeth is a great reason to smile,” she adds.

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