Yes, it’s true, dry mouth is an oral health problem that is real and that has real consequences. While you might think that this disorder is linked only to a certain age group, it’s actually something that can happen to you, your parent, your child, your grandparent … just about anyone. So, how to begin understanding what to make of the issue, whether it might be happening to you, and how to overcome it? Well, with a Q&A session, of course!
Questions and Answers
Question: Is dry mouth something that just suddenly occurs without warning? Where does it come from?
Answer: This issue can come from a variety of sources. It might be a short-lived issue if it’s the result of breathing through your mouth for an extended period instead of through your nose (which often accompanies allergy problems or a sinus infection). It may show up in a more chronic form if you’re taking a certain pill that results in dry oral tissues as a side effect.
Question: How do I know if it’s affecting me?
Answer: Dry mouth is typically easy to identify. First, your mouth will actually feel drier than normal. Next, the buildup of bacteria that results will lead to some obvious problems like bad breath that won’t go away, your food might start to taste funny, and long-term issues like tooth decay may occur.
Question: What should I do?
Answer: If you are suffering from dry mouth, schedule an appointment with us. We can help you figure out what’s wrong, determine whether you need additional help (or if you just need to drink additional water throughout the day), and remedy the situation.