Xerostomia, or more commonly known as dry mouth, occurs when a body cannot produce enough saliva. If left untreated, this can lead to rampant tooth decay.
There are many causes for dry mouth. Certain diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, HIV, AIDS and Parkinson’s disease may be the cause. Some medications or treatments, like chemotherapy, can also cause dry mouth. Smoking is also a major cause of Xerostomia.
There are ways to help inhibit the effects of dry mouth. Brushing and flossing after every meal is very important. You can run a humidifier at night and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Depending on your personal situation, we can also recommend artificial saliva, moisture replacement products or a moisturizing tooth paste.