Do you suffer from a dry mouth and does it concern you? If the answer is 'yes' and you live in Surrey or the surrounding area, maybe a visit to Estetica will put your mind at rest.
What is dry mouth? The simple explanation of a dry mouth is that you don't have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth moist. Everyone can experience the sensation once in a while, especially if you're nervous, upset or under stress. However, if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it could indicate that a more serious medical condition may exist.
Why would you get dry mouth? There are several reasons why the glands that produce saliva (Salivary glands) might not function properly. The side effects of some medications can cause the condition (antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and medicines for high blood pressure and depression) while diseases that affect the salivary glands, such as diabetes, Hodgkin's, Parkinson's disease, HIV/AIDS and Sjogren's syndrome, may lead to a dry mouth. Radiation therapy is another possible cause as is Chemotherapy. Sometimes, during the Menopause, the changing hormone levels affect the salivary glands and often leave menopausal and post-menopausal women with a persistent feeling of dry mouth.
How do I know if I have dry mouth? Everyone's mouth feels dry from time to time. However, if the feeling doesn't go away, you may have a problem with saliva production. The symptoms include a sticky, dry feeling or metallic taste in your mouth, trouble with swallowing, a burning sensation on your tongue, a dry feeling in your throat or cracked lips. The condition can also lead to mouth sores, frequent bad breath or difficulty chewing or speaking.
How is dry mouth treated? The only permanent way to cure dry mouth is to treat its cause. If your dry mouth is the result of medication, your doctor might change your prescription or your dosage. If your salivary glands are not working properly but still produce some saliva, your doctor might give you a medicine that helps the glands work better. If the cause of your dry mouth cannot be eliminated, or until it can be, you can restore moisture to your mouth in a number of different ways. Your dentist may recommend mouth moisturisers, such as a saliva substitute. Rinsing with a mouthwash, specially formulated to help dry mouth, may also bring relief as will sipping water or sugarless drinks. However, you should avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea and some sodas, which can cause the mouth to dry out. Also, don't use tobacco or alcohol, which dry out the mouth and be aware that spicy or salty foods can cause pain in a dry mouth.
Here at Estetica we concentrate every bit on prevention as we do on treatment. Estetica director Dr Sina Salimi, said; “Cosmetic dentistry and facial rejuvenation is not the only treatment available at Estetica. We concentrate equally on prevention. “In our routine dental examination we can diagnose dental diseases, gum disease, provide thorough cancer screening, diagnose functional problems, like jaw problems, and detect other mouth and health conditions which could contribute to future problems.” Why not give us a call on 01932 570099 or tell us about your experience with a Dry Mouth. Find Estetica on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn