This is the second part of a two part blog on Xerostomia. If you haven’t yet read part one you can check it out here! In the previous blog we talked about the problems associated with xerostomia, or dry mouth, and how it is diagnosed. This blog will be focusing on management of dry mouth.
Like most other disorders, an early diagnosis of the condition is important to most effectively reduce symptoms and improve comfort and health. Beyond the obvious discomforts that dry mouth creates, it is important to properly manage because patients are at a higher risk for decayed tooth enamel and dental caries. Some dentists encourage their patients to use calcium-containing oral rinses such as Caphsol to remineralize teeth. As with any oral issue proper brushing and flossing is a must, however many dentists will recommend an electric tooth brush because it is more effective in removing plaque than an ordinary tooth brush. An anti-bacterial rinse may also be suggested to help fight gingivitis. In some cases the patient is advised to visit their dental office every 3 months to receive periodontal prophylaxis.
For more severe cases of xerostomia management is handled on a case by case situation. The nature of your symptoms will determine the form of management that will most effectively improve your comfort and health. Don’t let dry mouth be the cause of your discomfort; there are many ways to reduce discomfort and live without xerostomia constantly affecting you. Give us a call at (651) 454-9028 if you have more questions regarding the management to dry mouth. Dr. Hatcher would love to sit down and discuss your individual case to determine the best treatment plan for you!