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Everyone has had those moments of extreme stress, fear or panic when their mouth runs dry. However, if your mouth is dry on a regular basis, it is time to see the dentist. A dry mouth is the most obvious symptom of the problem, however, dry mouth can also manifest itself as a sore throat, cracked lips, bad breath, mouth sores and infections or a dry tongue.

Dry mouth can be caused by a number of factors, which can affect the production of saliva. It may be a problem with your salivary glands, nerve damage, or cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. Tobacco use can cause dry mouth, and some diseases and medications can be the culprits.

If you have the symptoms of dry mouth, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Ashok Jhanji. The dentist may want to talk to your doctor about your medications, or about diagnosing you for a medical problem. The dentist may also give you a prescription mouthwash, or artificial saliva. Or the solution may be as simple as quitting smoking, drinking more water, or using a humidifier when you sleep. Even chewing sugarless gum can help stimulate the production of saliva.

Whatever the cause, your dry mouth needs to be treated. Without the proper care, your dry mouth can lead to other problems. If you are coping with dry mouth in Hometown, Illinois, you can call 708-425-4545 today to schedule an appointment at Southwest Dental Center.