Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a common dental concern, especially for those over the age of 50. While a dry mouth may not seem like a serious dental problem, it can actually increase your risk of tooth decay and prevent you from receiving necessary nutrients. We invite you to call Pantops Prosthodontics at 434-977-9836 to make an appointment with Dr. Ben Ross, and to learn more about our treatments for dry mouth in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dry mouth may be caused by a variety of factors, including medications, illness, disease, nerve damage, and chemotherapy. Symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Dry, sticky feeling in the mouth and throat
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or tasting
  • Cracked lips
  • Mouth sores
  • A burning feeling in the mouth
  • Dry, rough tongue
  • Oral infection
  • Chronic or persistent bad breath

After identifying the cause of your dry mouth, our prosthodontist may recommend saliva substitutes or stimulants. Other things that you can try to keep your mouth hydrated include:

  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Chewing sugarless gum
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Use a humidifier at night
  • Practice good oral hygiene

If you have questions about xerostomia, please feel free to contact our office at 434-977-9836. Our experienced prosthodontist and team are committed to your health, smile, and comfort. We will be happy to provide you with additional information and help you schedule an appointment at our office.