What Causes Dry Mouth?

Hello again. This is Dr. Hansen Liang at Fresh Smile Dental Group. Today we’re going to be talking about dry mouth, its causes, effects on your teeth, and what we can do to help.

Unfortunately, dry mouth is quite a common occurrence as we age. The common causes are side effects from medications, diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation, and sometimes from nerve damage, even some autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s or Sjogren’s. All these can affect saliva production and cause dry mouth that affects a person’s ability to cleanse and moisten their mouth. This is important because a mouth moist mouth helps prevent and control bacteria in your mouth. It can also increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, especially on root services. If medication is the cause of your dry mouth, your doctor may be able to change the dosage or the medication to help. There are also products that can help restore moisture in your mouth. Things like sugar free candy, gum, or staying well hydrated, and a good home care routine can help minimize the effects of dry mouth. Also seeing your dentist regularly, even every three to four months, instead of every six months can help make sure that your teeth and your mouth are well maintained, and in a healthy state that can help prevent any issues that you may need or for other major restorative procedures.

I hope you found this informative. We always love hearing from you regarding any questions or any of our other videos. If you have any concerns or dental needs, we’d love to connect. Until next time, I’m Dr. Hansen Liang. Thanks for listening.