At New England Oral Medicine our oral medicine specialist, Dr. Ali Shazib, offers dry mouth treatment in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The symptoms of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, may include an increase in cavities, and difficulty eating, speaking or swallowing. People suffering from this condition can experience sticky, dry or burning sensations in the mouth throat, lips or tongue. Infections or sores can also accompany dry mouth. If you are encountering any of these symptoms or have noticed any abnormalities with your oral health, contact our office today at 207-613-6272 to schedule your appointment.
Dry mouth can be a symptom of several disease including HIV, hepatitis and Sjögren’s syndrome. People who live with diabetes may also be at risk for dry mouth; and certain medications or radiation therapy may contribute to the problem. Your saliva is an integral component to keeping your mouth healthy and preventing tooth decay. It is also essential for helping you eat and even digest your meals.
Dr. Shazib may suggest using over-the-counter products sugar-free gum or lozenges. There are also sprays and gels that can help keep your mouth moist. You may need to switch to an alcohol-free mouthwash, change toothpastes or make lifestyle changes. It may also help to reduce or eliminate your intake of sugar or caffeine or drink more water. If Dr. Shazib feels that medication will help, he will discuss your treatment options with you.