Xerostomia/Dry Mouth Syndrome
Xerostomia or Dry Mouth Sydnrome is a condition resulting from a lack of saliva being produced in the mouth.
This is not only uncomfortable but also detrimental to your oral health as saliva helps to combat the bacteria and acides that are produced post drinking and eating. This becomes problematic as it can lead to increased chances of developing decay and plaque which consequently results in an increased likelihood of developing gum (periodontal) disease.
Xerostomia can result from a number of factors including excessive drinking, smoking, caffeine high intake of acidic foods, dehydration and even some medication. Dry mouth syndrome is characterised by the following symptoms:
- Experiencing a dry mouth during the day/night
- Lack of saliva when drinking, eating or swallowing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bad breath and taste in the mouth
- Change of tastes in food and drink
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms contact our friendly team on 08 9227 8777 to arrange a consultation, as xeriostomia is a common, treatable condition. At Mount Lawley Dental Clinic, we will first take a swab from your mouth to test the quality of your saliva. For patients with Xerostomia we will provide new oral hygiene instructions to help combat the symptoms and depending on the severity of the condition supplements may also be employed such as fluoride or tooth mouse.