Dear Dr. Beasley,
I’ve been suffering from dry mouth. Should I be concerned?
Saliva plays a very important role in maintaining oral health. It is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay as it reduces plaque and washes away food and debris from your teeth and gums. Saliva allows you to break down food and increases your ability to taste, along with a host of other benefits. Dry mouth can be common in older adults and it can be a side effect of taking certain medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and others. Some problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or dry nasal passages. Dr. Beasley can recommend various methods to restore moisture. Call us today!