Dry Mouth: A Common Condition
Dry mouth describes a condition that is caused by a reduction in the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva contains proteins and enzymes that are essential for keeping your mouth lubricated and healthy. A dry mouth can lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause bad breath, cavities, gum disease and mouth infections. Over 6 million Canadians have this condition and many may not even be aware of it. The #1 cause of dry mouth is medication; both prescription and non-prescription medications can cause dry mouth and taking more than one significantly increases the risk.
Easing Dry Mouth Symptoms
There are a few things you can do to ease dry mouth symptoms:
Early diagnosis and ongoing management can help you to avoid some of the more damaging effects of dry mouth. Yonge and Finch Dental Office recommends the use of Biotene®, the #1 remedy for dry mouth. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.