Let’s Talk About: Dry Mouth Basics

You may have heard the term dry mouth before but if you have never experienced it, the disorder may not have been something you gathered many details about. When you find that your daily experience does include a very dried-out sensation in your mouth that makes it feel a bit like it’s stuffed with cotton, though, you will quickly find yourself learning all you can and seeking out answers. Of course, your goal is to end the problem. Fortunately, we can explain what might be happening (and why), while guiding you toward options for fixing the issue.

What Is This Problem All About?

Dry mouth is, as you may have already guessed, what we call the problem that occurs when the tissues in your mouth become dehydrated. A lack of moisture may develop, which makes you feel like your mouth is sticky or tacky. It may result in thick saliva that seems stringy, as well. Unfortunately, it can lead to complications like the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Decay
  • Gingivitis

Why Does It Happen?

Dry mouth can happen for many, many reasons, which is why it’s a good idea to ask us about what’s going on (unless you are fairly certain it’s the direct cause of something you’re already aware of). Common factors include certain drug side effects, a simple lack of drinking enough water, breathing through your mouth instead of your nose (which often happens as the result of a cold or allergies), and more.

What Should I Do Now?

Even if you know why it’s happening, you should schedule an appointment with us, so we can talk about your dry mouth. It’s important to manage this issue to prevent it from leading to problems with your oral health.

Contact Us For A Dry Mouth Visit

If your oral tissues seem dry and you’re not having success rehydrating them, come see us soon for a dental examination and assistance. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.