Fight Dry Mouth with the Best Dentists in Bay Shore
Xerostomia is a big word that means “dry mouth.” And for many people Xerostomia is a big problem. Those who suffer from dry mouth have trouble sleeping, eating and even speaking. Food may not be digested properly. People with chronically dry mouth are more prone to cavities, and gum problems may be heightened.
There are many causes of xerostomia. Excessive alcohol intake and smoking can cause dry mouth, as can various foods. There are also some medical conditions that cause a host of problems including dry mouth. But one of the biggest causes of xerostomia is medication.
The New York Times (4/24,) states that “a frequent side effect of many commonly prescribed drugs” is xerostomia, according to a 2015 review of research on treating xerostomia published in the journal Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. The New York Times states many “common culprits in xerostomia,” include benzodiazepine, antidepressants, some oral drugs used to reduce blood sugar, respiratory agents, quinine, some drugs used to treat high blood pressure, drugs used to treat excess urination, some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, glucosamine supplements, and magnesium hydroxide. “Not all the drying mechanisms of the various drugs involved are fully understood,” the article states. “Some of them are known to suppress the action of receptors on nerve cells in various glands, including the salivary glands, that produce fluids.” (as reported by the ADA).
If you suffer from dry mouth, speak to your dentist and/or your primary health care providers. There are no magic bullet cures, but there are many things that can be done to help and which will prevent other related problems.
Call Dr. Antenucci today at (631) 665-8484 to schedule a consultation if you’re dealing with dry mouth.