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Have you heard that about 20% of the population suffers from xerostomia, a condition commonly defined as “dry mouth?” If you struggle with dry mouth, we can help you. Learn a little bit extra about dry mouth by reading this post.

There are a few root causes of xerostomia. One cause is as a side effect of other conditions, like Sjogren’s Syndrome and other ailments that impact the formation of saliva and mucus. Radiation therapies such as chemotherapy can also lower the development of the salivary glands, forming dry mouth. Finally, numerous medicines also harbor the effect of decreasing spit production. Dry mouth can be a hard condition to cure because it is regularly a side effect of other conditions; Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh might need to work with your other doctors to combat 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 battle the effects of xerostomia. Brushing your pearly whites twice daily and flossing once a day should be at the top of your list, and you should also visit our office at least once each six months. Drink plenty of water, use chapstick every few hours, avoid salty and sticky foods and deliberate on using a humidifier in your home. If you ever need any assistance or advice, you can contact our office at 415.682.6377.

Are you ready to stop suffering from dry mouth? If so, please schedule your next appointment with Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh and the Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS team of San Francisco, California. Call them now at 415.682.6377 and set up your next visit.