Dry mouth - clinically known as xerostomia - is a condition in which the salivary glands are unable to produce enough saliva to maintain a healthy environment in the mouth.
Saliva naturally stabilizes and neutralizes the inside of the mouth, protecting the enamel of the teeth from harmful acids and helping to clean the surface of the teeth of food debris. When the salivary glands are unable to produce an adequate amount of saliva, the patient may experience the following dry mouth symptoms:
The common causes of dry mouth include:
The root cause of the development of dry mouth may vary from patient to patient. The cause of your dry mouth will determine how it will be treated.
In order to develop a treatment plan for your dry mouth, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and review your medical history. Below are some common dry mouth treatment methods:
Depending on the cause of your dry mouth, your dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that works best for you. Moving forward, your dentist will help you maintain a healthy oral environment with proper home care and regular check-up and cleanings appointments.
EZ Dental is proud to offer the most comprehensive and personable dental treatment in San Jose, CA. Our team of dental professionals will work hard to help you maintain the healthiest smile possible.
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