This time i wanted to share with you a unique technology that aims to deal with dry mouth.
For many years dentists have been trying to treat people's dry mouth symptoms. the treatment options were not always successful.
this technique is something you should know about if you suffer from dry mouth.
Dry Mouth Symptoms include:
- a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
- trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting, or speaking
- a burning feeling in the mouth
- a dry feeling in the throat
- cracked lips
- a dry, rough tongue
- mouth sores
- an infection in the mouth
- bad taste
- bad breath (halitosis)
- need to moisten the mouth often (including during the night)
Dry Mouth may affect your social life
In addition, Dry Mouth can have negative social side effects. With dry mouth it is harder to communicate so people become reclusive. Difficulties in sleeping means they also become tired and bad tempered.
There are several major known causes for Dry Mouth
People get Dry Mouth when their salivary glands in the mouth that make saliva are not working properly and do not secrete enough saliva. There are several reasons why salivary glands do not work properly:
- Side effects of some medicines. More than 1800 medicines can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva. Among the medication classes that may cause dry mouth are (for further details, we recommend checking the list provided in http://www.drymouth.info)
Disease. Some diseases affect the salivary glands: Sjögren's Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, depression and Parkinson's disease can all cause Dry Mouth.
- Radiation therapy. The salivary glands usually are damaged upon radio-therapy during cancer treatment.
- Chemotherapy. Drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, causing the mouth to feel dry.
- Nerve damage. Injury to the head or neck can damage the nerves that tell salivary glands to make saliva.
Other causes of Dry Mouth
In addition, many cases of Dry Mouth are due to other causes not listed here, or may be of unknown origin (idiopathic).
Treatment for chronic dry mouth
There are several means that may help you in lessening dry mouth sensation. The most common are as follows:
- Stimulation of the salivary glands
The combination of chewing and taste, as provided by gums, lozenges of mints can be effective in lessening mouth dryness
- Medications that specifically increase salivary flow, such as pilocarpine and cevimeline, can be used but may cause significant adverse effects
- Electrostimulation with the Saliwell device
- Salivary substitutes (if stimulation fails or is not sufficient)
A number of salivary substitutes/artificial saliva agents are available as mouthwash, spray or gel
Things you should do or avoid if you suffer from dry mouth
- Sip water or sugarless drinks often
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. Caffeine can dry out the mouth.
- Sip water or a sugarless drink during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow; citrus, cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
- Don't use tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth.
- Be aware that spicy or salty foods may cause pain in a dry mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) and maintaining healthy teeth
Remember, if you have dry mouth (xerostomia), you need to be extra careful to keep your teeth healthy. Make sure you:
- Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Avoid sticky, sugary foods. If you do eat them, brush immediately afterwards.
- Visit your dentist for a check-up at least twice a year. Your dentist might give you a special mouth wash solution that you can rinse with to help keep your teeth healthy.