Reduced saliva production can cause several different problems with your basic oral health and function. This includes an increased risk of suffering from gum disease and tooth decay complications.
There are several things that can contribute to dry mouth symptoms. Identifying the primary factors can help Dr. Paul Greco to develop an effective treatment strategy to restore the normal function and health of your mouth.
A new prescription medication, frequent alcohol consumption, and tobacco use can put your body in a chronic state of dehydrations. These lifestyle factors can be addressed by abstaining from alcohol, and tobacco, or seeing if your physician can provide you with an alternate medication.
At the same time certain medical conditions, such as oral or pharyngeal cancer can also cause a reduction in saliva production. Diagnosing these problems early can significantly increase your treatment options, and chances of treatment success.
Oral cancers can have a variety of symptoms including a persistent pain in your mouth, an abnormal area of swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms could also include a persistent sore throat, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms in addition to chronic dry mouth symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Greco. In a single appointment they can help to determine some of the contributing factors, develop a treatment plan, or refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis.
If you live in the Hartsdale, New York, area and you are concerned that a medical problem may be causing your chronic dry mouth symptoms, you should all 914-205-3750 to schedule an appointment at Hartsdale Family Dental.