Dry Mouth Treatment

The dental profession has long addressed the problem of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. This condition is caused by a decrease in saliva production from the salivary glands.

What can cause a dry mouth ?

  • Medications, over 400 types of prescription and over-the-counter drugs have decreased saliva flow as a potential side effect.
  • Certain diseases including Sjogren’s Syndrome, diabetes, HIV among others have dry mouth as a possible symptom.
  • Mouth breathing, snoring, smoking, etc. do not cause xerostomia, however, they can make the problem worse.

A dry mouth, whatever the cause, can cause decay to develop rapidly, even in people with great oral hygiene. The good news is, we will work together to find a solution.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects over 4,000,000 Americans, 9 out of 10 are women. One of the symptoms of this disease can be a dry mouth, with saliva flow ranging from a slight decrease from normal to a complete loss of saliva production. This disease can also present with other symptoms including dry eyes, fatigue, joint pain, dysfunction of many organs, impairment of the central nervous system among others. Persons with Sjogren’s Syndrome have a higher risk of developing lymphoma.

Dr. Brumbaugh treats many patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome, working with our patient as a team to counter the effects of decreased salivary gland function. Biopsy of minor salivary glands in the lip aid in the diagnosis, this procedure is performed in our office. The biopsy procedure sounds a lot worse than it actually is.

Contact this national organization for more information:
Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
382 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
(800) 475-6473