It goes without saying that saliva plays a very important role in the mouth, keeping it moist and helping to keep your mouth and teeth clean. It also breaks down your food and fights decay.
Dry mouth (Xerostomia) is a condition which sees a decrease in the saliva production and can greatly impact the quality of life for a sufferer. Do not underestimate the effects of dry mouth, as it can affect your digestion, taste and speech.
While smoking, stress or vitamin deficiency may be a temporary cause, long term suffering can be caused by the menopause, medication (including high blood pressure or depression pills), diabetes, glandular fever and radiotherapy.
There are a variety of rinses, gels and sprays which can help limit the symptoms and improve the quality of life.
What can you do?
If you have any concerns please speak to your dentist. Common symptoms of dry mouth include a burning sensation in the mouth, bad breath, unable to retain dentures or strange taste sensations. Please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.