Dry mouth, otherwise known as xerostomia, is a condition that affects millions of Americans. Dry mouth occurs when the body does not make enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. Many patients who suffer from this condition find it uncomfortable, but they do not fully understand the dangers of the condition.
The symptoms of dry mouth include difficulty chewing and swallowing due to lack of moisture in the mouth and difficulty speaking. In some cases, the tongue and soft tissues in the mouth feel as if they are burning and the lips may become cracked and chapped. Bad breath also frequently accompanies dry mouth.
Dry mouth has many causes. The most common cause is certain medications. Dry mouth can also be caused by problems with the salivary gland or the presence of chronic illnesses such as AIDS that affect the ability of the salivary gland to function.
Aside from being uncomfortable, dry mouth is also dangerous. When the body is not creating enough saliva, bacteria and food particles are not washed away as effectively and infections such as periodontal disease may develop more quickly. In addition, saliva helps the body to digest food. The enzymes in saliva help to break down food before it reaches the digestive tract, making the nutrients more readily available.
If you believe that you are suffering from dry mouth, it is important to make an appointment with Dr. Zadeh, dentist in Beverly Hills. Dr. Zadeh will work with you to uncover the cause of your dry mouth and treat it. Contact his office to schedule your appointment.