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Xerostomia isn’t anything more than a dry mouth, right? Wrong! Dry mouth is a major condition that can damage your capability to chew food, speak properly and breathe correctly, so you should take it very seriously. Learn a little bit more about the condition by continuing.

The word xerostomia comes from the Greek words xeros (meaning “dry”) and stoma (meaning “mouth”). While it’s unknown as to when dry mouth was understood or classified, dry mouth has doubtlessly been the cause of a number of dental ailments and discoveries in history. Interestingly enough, xerostomia can be used as a type of lie detector since the salivary glands produce less saliva when under emotional trauma.

Averting dry mouth might not always be possible, but there are a few things that you can do to lower your risk of developing it. To steer clear of xerostomia, you should avert sugary drinks and alcohol; these substances can dry out your oral cavity and cause xerostomia, so be watchful of them. Avoid excessively sugary foods, try to chew sugar-free gum and brush your pearly whites at least two times daily.

Did you find this data to be educational? If so, we’d be happy to hear about it. The team at Root Canal Specialists, PC is committed to keeping you healthy, whether you’re in our office or at home. Have you been into our office in a while? If you haven’t seen us in the last six months, please phone us at 248-540-9191 now to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Stephen T. McInerney in Bingham Farms, Michigan.