Is your mouth often dry and your saliva sticky? Have you had a change in your sense of taste, cracked lips and gums, or a persistent sore throat? All of these are possible symptoms of dry mouth, so having them means that you may have a dry mouth infection. Our dentist, Dr. Thomas E. Wold, is pleased to inform you that there are ways to combat dry mouth.
Why do patients get dry mouth? There are a number of reasons, including:
Medications — There are hundreds of medications that produce dry mouth as a side effect. Drugs that treat depression, high blood pressure and anxiety, muscle tension, and pain are more likely to cause this problem.
Tobacco, alcohol, and methamphetamine — These all cause and can magnify the harmful effect of dry mouth. Methamphetamine(also called meth) can cause severe cases.
Aging — As the body gets older, some functions break down, including salivations. The salivary glands can become more inefficient.
There are various other causes which we would be able to identify. Come into our office for an examination, so we can check for dry mouth, and, if you have it, identify its causes and determine a solution.
Along with other solutions, Dr. Thomas E. Wold may suggest changing medications, using dry mouth prevention products, or taking prescription medicines. To make an appointment with him at Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry, you can contact our office in Bend, Oregon, by calling 541.389.1301.