The first step of the digestive process is that our mouths produce saliva to begin dissolving foods and help us swallow. Saliva also helps to keep our mouths cleaner by controlling fungi and bacteria growth in the mouth and washing away left over food particles. Having a persistent dry mouth is not uncommon; it actually affects more than 25% of adults. It is a very uncomfortable problem that can create more problems. Dry mouth is treatable, and Dr. Hakimzadeh in Phoenix, Arizona can help.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth is caused by many types of medication, both over the counter and prescription. It is also an effect of various illnesses and cancer treatment. Because older generations tend to take more types of medication and often have more illness to deal with, they are also more likely to develop symptoms of dry mouth. Smoking or dipping tobacco causes this, as well, by affecting the production of saliva and making it worse.
Symptoms can be different from one person to another, but they are all serious because it can cause tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and thrush.
- Excessive thirst
- A tingle or burning on the mouth and on the tongue
- Trouble talking, chewing, swallowing, or tasting foods
- Sore, dry throat and sinus
- Mouth sores
- Cracks at the corners of the mouth or on the lips
- Raw, red tongue with dryness of the tongue and mouth
- A sticky, dry feeling
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Dr. Hakimzadeh in Phoenix, Arizona to set up an appointment. Bring a list of over the counter and prescribed medications and any vitamin supplements you are taking, and be ready to answer questions to help Dr. Hakimzadeh determine the best treatment for you.