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Dry mouth is a dental problem that is also known as xerostomia and it involves the inadequate flow of saliva. This problem can be considered as a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications, like decongestants, pain killers, diuretics, and antihistamines.

Having a dry mouth is a more serious problem than you might realize. Without saliva, the health of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth will be altered, the food and debris will not be washed from your smile, and the acids will not be neutralized. This causes a big problem because now your smile is no longer protected and it is extremely vulnerable to tooth decay.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you most likely have dry mouth:

· A constant sore throat
· A burning sensation
· Trouble speaking
· Difficulty swallowing
· Dry nasal passages
· Hoarseness

Some treatments for dry mouth include chewing sugar-free candy or gum and using artificial saliva and oral rinses. You can also try limiting your caffeine intake and stopping the use of tobacco. Some ways to prevent this condition is to drink 8 FL oz. of water a day, use a humidifier in your home, breathe through your nose, and avoid taking medications that cause dry mouth.

If you have any questions or if you would like to talk to Dr. Elliot Einbinder about your dry mouth, call Wellwood Family Dentistry today at 410.486.3898 and talk to a member of our wonderful dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can!