Dry mouth is a condition that you can experience regardless of whether you have your own teeth or you're wearing dentures. It's important to pay attention to this condition though, as it can be problematic. This is especially true when you're wearing dentures though.
Symptoms of a Dry Mouth
Everyone experiences dry mouth differently, but there are some symptoms you can watch for. Your mouth will feel dry and sticky, which will make you excessively thirsty. When left unchecked, your throat will also grow dry and you may even experience a tingling or burning sensation in your tongue.
This will make your tongue look red, dry, or raw. You may also develop sores in or around the corners of your mouth. It can also cause you to have bad breath, and difficulty speaking (due to hoarseness), chewing or tasting.
Why Dry Mouth is a Problem
Symptoms of a dry mouth are uncomfortable. They also leave you with a higher risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth infections (e.g. thrush). All these things will make it more difficult for you to wear and enjoy your dentures.
Clearly saliva is important. It plays a major role in your overall oral health. Not only does it help you chew and swallow it also helps you neutralize harmful plaque acids that can damage your teeth's enamel and cause gum disease.
This also helps prevent yeast from building up in your mouth. Once we fit you with dentures we want you to be comfortable. We hope you know that you can talk to us about any of your oral health needs.
If you're suffering from a dry mouth, talk to us so we can help you find a solution. For instance, sometimes it's as simple as helping you choose the right Biotene mouthwash.
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