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Xerostomia isn’t anything more than a dry mouth, right? Wrong! Dry mouth is a serious condition that can affect your facility to chew food, speak properly and breathe correctly, so please take it seriously. Learn a tiny bit more about the condition by reading on.

The word xerostomia comes from the Greek words xeros (meaning “dry”) and stoma (meaning “mouth”). While it’s unknown as to when xerostomia was discovered or classified, the state has definitely been the cause of numerous dental diseases and discoveries in history. Interestingly enough, xerostomia can be utilized as a sort of lie detector because the salivary glands create less spit when under emotional trauma.

Foiling dry mouth may not always be possible, but there are some things you can start to do to lessen your risk of forming the condition. To avoid dry mouth, you should avoid sugary drinks and alcohol; these substances can dry out your mouth and cause xerostomia, so be cautious of them. Don’t consume excessively sugary foods, chew sugar-free gum and brush your teeth at least twice daily.

Did you find this info to be beneficial? If so, we’d love to hear about it. The team at Simple Smiles Dentistry is dedicated to keeping you well, whether you’re in our office or at home. Have you seen our doctor in a while? If you haven’t visited us in the last half of a year, please reach out at 973-977-8181 now to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Carlos Rojas in Patterson, New Jersey.