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Have you heard that about 20% of the population has xerostomia, a condition popularly called “dry mouth?” If you suffer from dry mouth, we can help you. Learn a little bit extra about dry mouth by reading this post.

There are some sources of xerostomia. One cause is as a side effect of other conditions, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome and other ailments that weaken the formation of saliva and mucus. Radiation therapies like chemotherapy can also diminish the development of the salivary glands, developing dry mouth. Finally, multiple medicines also bear the side effect of decreasing saliva formation. Dry mouth can be a difficult condition to cure since it is often a side effect of other conditions; Dr. Joseph Goodman may need to work with your other doctors to battle its effects. Autoimmune diseases and diabetes can also cause xerostomia.

In addition to using a saliva stimulant or replacement, there are many things you can do to combat the effects of xerostomia. Brushing your pearly whites twice daily and flossing one time per day should be at the top of your list, and you should also visit our office at least once every half of a year. Drink plenty of water, use chapstick every two to three hours, avoid sticky foods and deliberate on using a humidifier in your home. If you ever need any support or guidance, you can contact our office at 310-734-4557.

Are you ready to stop hurting from dry mouth? If so, please set up your next visit with Dr. Joseph Goodman and the Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD staff of Beverly Hills, California. They’ll get you back on the right path. Call them now at 310-734-4557 and pencil in your next appointment.