Do You Struggle with Dry Mouth?

Saliva doesn’t get the credit it deserves. In fact, you probably never think about the role saliva plays in oral health. But, a diminished saliva flow can have damaging effects on teeth and gums. Dry mouth is actually a medical condition, called xerostomia. In Henderson NV, Dr. Heeyup Ghim helps dry mouth sufferers identify the cause of the condition and work to alleviate it.

The Role of Saliva in Oral Health

Good saliva flow is a crucial element of a healthy smile. Saliva rinses away food particles to inhibit the growth of cavity-causing bacteria, neutralize plaque acids, and help you avoid gum disease. A mouth with optimal saliva flow is more comfortable, as well. Saliva makes swallowing easier and helps you to taste the foods you eat.

The Causes of Dry Mouth

The causes of xerostomia include:

  • Medication use (both prescription medicines and over-the-counter ones)
  • Tobacco use
  • Chemotherapy/radiation
  • An injury that damages nerves in the head or neck
  • Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and HIV/AIDS
  • Snoring or mouth breathing

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

Aside from a mouth that feels parched, systems of xerostomia include:

  • Cracked lips and/or cracked skin at the corners of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • A sore throat
  • Diminished ability to taste
  • A fungal infection in the mouth

Diagnosing & Treating Dry Mouth

At your consultation with Dr. Ghim at Black Mountain Dental in Henderson NV, the doctor will examine your mouth and discuss your health history. A list of medications that you take can aid in diagnosing the cause of your condition. He’ll want to know if you’ve experience any recent life changes or stressful events, as well as how long your symptoms have been present. Together, you and Dr. Ghim will map out a plan to alleviate your dry mouth and restore healthy oral conditions.

Call today to schedule your appointment with Henderson NV dentist Dr. Ghim.