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Xerostomia isn’t anything more than a dry mouth, yeah? Wrong! Dry mouth is a major condition that can impact your capacity to chew food, speak correctly and breathe correctly, so please take it very seriously. Learn a tiny bit more about the state 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 first identified or classified, xerostomia has no doubt been the cause of numerous oral illnesses and discoveries throughout history. Interestingly enough, xerostomia can be used as a type of lie detector since the salivary glands make less saliva when under emotional duress.

Avoiding dry mouth may not always be possible, but there are some things that you can do to lessen your risk of developing the condition. To avoid dry mouth, you should avoid sugary drinks and alcohol; these materials can dry out your mouth and cause xerostomia, so be alert of them. Avoid excessively sugary foods, chew sugar-free gum and brush your teeth at least twice per day.

Did you find this data to be beneficial? If so, we’d be ecstatic hear about it. The team at Spartan Family Dentistry is committed to keeping you well, whether you’re in our office or at home. Have you been into our office in a while? If you haven’t had an appointment with us in the last six months, please contact us at 918-366-3777 now to set up your next visit with Dr. Martin Trockel in Bixby, Oklahoma.