Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when saliva production decreases. In addition to causing discomfort, chronic dry mouth can also affect dental health. For those suffering from dry mouth, it can cause significant challenges for day-to-day life, such as difficulties talking, swallowing and eating. It can also have a negative impact on the gums and mouth.
Dry mouth can be caused by autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, chemotherapy, and the taking of certain medications, among other factors. Our dentist at East Bentleigh Dental Group will assess your dry mouth and ask questions in order to determine the cause of your dry mouth.
When dry mouth isn’t related to an underlying condition, it may be possible to prevent its occurrence. You can take steps to prevent dry mouth by maintaining adequate water intake, reducing stress, avoiding smoking, and refraining from exercising in extreme heat.
East Bentleigh Dental Group offers a range of dry mouth treatment options to provide relief from dry mouth and help maintain good oral health. We can determine the most suitable treatment to help you look after your gums and soothe a sore mouth and gums.
Available dry mouth treatment options include:
The Saliwell GenNarino device is used to stimulate the nerves associated with salivary gland secretions with imperceptible electrical pulses. The device is placed in the mouth in a special mouthpiece unit, where it then works to provide both mechanical and electrical stimulation to increase saliva production without any side effects. This dry mouth treatment has proven efficacy and can be worn as needed by the patient when oral dryness is experienced.
Similar to the GenNarino device, the Saliwell SaliPen is an intraoral device that treats dry mouth through electroneuro stimulation and has no side effects. Many studies have been conducted proving the SaliPen’s safety and efficacy for dry mouth treatment, making it suitable for treating sufferers of hyposalivation and xerostomia. Unlike the GenNarino device, the SaliPen is temporarily placed in the mouth using a handled device, making it more comfortable for patients to use.
We may recommend a unique chewing gum from Breezecare for some of our patients dealing with chronic dry mouth. Breezecare chewing gum is sugar-free and contains a flavour that helps to stimulate salvia flow.
The following home remedies may provide short-term relief from dry mouth:
Dry mouth treatment refers to any treatment that’s designed to alleviate chronic dry mouth. Available treatments for dry mouth include the Saliwell GenNarino device, the Saliwell SaliPen device and Breezecare chewing gum.
The best dry mouth treatment can depend on the individual and the causes of their dry mouth. However, many of our patients have experienced great results from the GenNarino and SaliPen devices from Saliwell.
Dry mouth can be alleviated fast with a special chewing gum that stimulates the flow of saliva. While the effect is temporary, it can provide fast relief from dry mouth.
A dentist can do a number of things for patients experiencing dry mouth, including identifying the causes of dry mouth and recommending suitable treatment options. At East Bentleigh Dental Group, we offer a number of dry mouth treatments and can design a treatment plan just for you.
If you’re experiencing dry mouth, you can see either a dentist or a doctor. Both will be able to provide a diagnosis and recommend suitable treatments, although a dentist will likely have more experience in dealing with dry mouth.
Yes, dry mouth can be serious if it goes untreated. Severe dry mouth can cause difficulty with talking, eating and swallowing as well as negatively affecting the health of the teeth and gums.
To find out which dry mouth treatment is best suited to you, make an appointment with East Bentleigh Dental Group today. Your dentist will discuss your history and examine your mouth in order to come up with a treatment plan that provides effective relief from dry mouth.