Do I Have A Chronic Dry Mouth Problem?

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A chronic dry mouth problem can increase your risk for cavities and oral infections. You may have a dry mouth (which is also known by the name xerostomia) if you exhibit some of the following symptoms:

  • A sticky, dry feeling in your mouth, like it is full of cotton
  • Cracked lips, especially in the corners of your mouth
  • A sore or hoarse throat
  • Trouble tasting, chewing, and swallowing your food
  • A burning sensation in your mouth
  • Difficulty speaking
  • A dry, tough tongue
  • Mouth sores or infections
  • A bad taste or smell in your mouth

If you show these symptoms, then you may have a chronic dry mouth problem. This is especially the case if you also do one of the following:

  • Take medications which can reduce saliva flow as a side effect
  • Drink alcohol or smoke tobacco
  • Breathe through your mouth at night
  • Have a disease or condition like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia, Hodgkin’s disease, or Parkinson’s disease
  • Frequently drink caffeinated beverages like tea, coffee, or soda
  • Are undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy near the head and neck areas

If you think that you have a dry mouth problem, then we invite you to visit Wright Family Dentistry today. Our team will help to diagnose this condition and then present the appropriate treatment solutions.