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Xerostomia: Understanding and Conquering Chronic Dry Mouth

July 17, 2014

shutterstock_138867203Most people have experienced the sensation of an overly dry mouth at one point or another during their lifetime. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including everything from general dehydration to certain medications. When patients experience severe cases of dry mouth (also known as xerostomia), their risk of developing secondary oral health problems increases. Fortunately, Dr. William Eick and his team in Rocky River, OH help patients with excessive dry mouth understand and overcome this bothersome and potentially destructive condition.

Xerostomia Causes, Complications & Treatment

Dry mouth has numerous causes, including the following:

  • Certain medications
  • Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
  • Nerve damage in the head or neck
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Drug use, particularly methamphetamines
  • Health conditions like HIV/AIDS and Sjogren’s syndrome

When left untreated for any extended period of time, xerostomia can lead to complications that require even further treatment. These include minor irritations like chapped or cracked lips and an uncomfortable coating on the tongue, as well as more serious problems like open sores in the mouth. Additional complications of chronic dry mouth include the development of a fungal infection in the mouth, a constantly sore throat, difficulty chewing and swallowing food, problems with dentures, gum disease, and tooth decay caused by excess plaque buildup.

Patients who cannot garner adequate nutrition from their diet due to xerostomia may develop even more health issues associated with vitamin deficiencies. Timely evaluation and treatment from Dr. Eick can dramatically reduce your risk from developing these and other problems related directly to excessive dry mouth.

Find Your Dry Mouth Solution Today

If you or someone in your family suffers from the discomfort of chronic dry mouth, we welcome you to contact our office today to speak to our caring, experienced team about your treatment options. Conveniently located in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick’s state-of-the-art office serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Westlake, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Cleveland, and beyond. We look forward to helping you find lasting relief from xerostomia as you achieve exceptional oral health for life.