Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia is a condition in which your mouth is unusually dry for periods of time. Most often, dry mouth is a result of a decrease in saliva produced by the salivary glands. It can result as a side effect of certain medications, or be a symptom of an underlying problem. Fortunately, whatever the case may be, Dr. Fredrick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group can treat this condition.
Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay and assists in maintaining the health of soft and hard tissues in the mouth. When the saliva is reduced, you develop a higher risk for tooth decay. If you are experiencing dry mouth, you may suffer from a constant sore throat, a burning sensation, difficulty speaking/swallowing, or dry nasal passages. Dry mouth not only increases your risk of tooth decay, it can increase your risk of gingivitis, and mouth infections. To treat this problem, Dr. Fredrick Shaw may suggest an oral rinse to help restore mouth moisture. If that doesn’t work, he may prescribe a medication to boost your saliva flow.
If you suffer from a constant dry mouth, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, call us at 512-451-7491 or visit our website, www.fredrickshawdds.com.