November 29, 2016
Category: Dental Health

What is Dry Mouth?

Do you find yourself getting thirsty a lot? Maybe the inside of your mouth feels sticky, or your saliva gets thick or foamy. If any of these are true for you, you may be suffering from dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. If you do, don’t worry; you are not alone! 

Dry mouth is surprisingly common, as over 25% of people suffer from this ailment. Dr. Samuels and his entire team takes great pride in doing all we can to ensure our patients in the Rockville, MD area have their mouths in great health. Unfortunately, dry mouth is a common condition that can have many negative affects on your dental health. Below, Dr. Samuels begins a discussion on what dry mouth is, what some common causes of dry mouth are, and ways you may be able to find some relief. 

First, it is important to understand what dry mouth is. Dry mouth is a shortage of saliva or insufficient salivary flow. When you suffer from dry mouth, your saliva production is being stunted by some sort of outside force. A group of people that is more likely to suffer from dry mouth are the elderly. 

Why is dry mouth a problem for your dental health?

Saliva serves many important functions in defending your mouth from a variety of diseases and health problems. If you are not producing enough saliva, the side effects can be both annoying and damaging. Dry mouth has been connected to gum disease, an increase in cavities, tooth sensitivity, and diabetes.  

In our next blog post, Dr. Samuels will discuss a few of the common causes of dry mouth. Please stay tuned to our blog, follow us on Twitter, and Like us on Facebook to stay engaged and improve your dental health!


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