Thursday, May 11, 2017

Causes of Dry Mouth

Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay and it is often taken for granted. The lubricating properties of saliva provide us with comfort and help protect the oral tissues against mouth sores and frictional movements that might affect the way we eat and speak. Dry mouth is a condition that results from a decreased volume of saliva in the mouth. If you develop this problem, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS can treat the problem.

Dry mouth goes beyond feeling thirsty all the time. Some of the common problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, and/or dry nasal passages. Frequent dry mouth is typically a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications. Other causes of dry mouth include dehydration, hormonal imbalances, smoking and/or mouth breathing. Treatment for dry mouth will depend on the cause, but Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS is here to answer all of your questions.

If you experience dry mouth discomfort, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

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