Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth - PHC Dental Care of Miami Florida

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is when there isn’t enough saliva production in the mouth. This condition can be caused by many things, including medications, medical conditions, radiation therapy, or simply dehydration. The lack of saliva causes discomfort, difficulty speaking and swallowing, and presents risks for dental issues. We have treatments available to alleviate dry mouth symptoms:

  • Hydration: One of the simplest and most effective ways to treat dry mouth is to drink plenty of water.
  • Stimulating saliva flow: Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies can help stimulate the salivary glands to release saliva.
  • Saliva substitutes: Over-the-counter saliva substitutes can be used to moisten the mouth and provide relief. These products mimic the lubricating properties of saliva and help alleviate dryness and discomfort.
  • Prescription medications: In certain cases, a healthcare professional may prescribe medications to increase saliva production. These medications, such as pilocarpine and cevimeline, work by stimulating the salivary glands.
  • Oral hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for individuals with dry mouth. Regular brushing, flossing, and using alcohol-free mouthwashes can help prevent dental issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, which are more common in people with reduced saliva flow.
  • Humidifiers: Using a humidifier in the bedroom or other areas where an individual spends a significant amount of time can add moisture to the air and alleviate dry mouth symptoms, especially during sleep.
  • Lifestyle adjustments: Avoiding or reducing the consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco, which can contribute to dry mouth, can be beneficial.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for dry mouth, especially if the condition persists or significantly impacts daily life. Call us. We can assess the underlying cause, recommend specific treatments, or adjust current medications to alleviate dry mouth symptoms effectively.


Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be caused by various factors, including medications, medical conditions, dehydration, nerve damage, and radiation therapy.

Common symptoms of dry mouth include a dry or sticky feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, difficulty swallowing or speaking, cracked lips, and bad breath.

Dry mouth reduces saliva production, which plays a crucial role in neutralizing acids, washing away food debris, and preventing tooth decay. Lack of saliva can lead to dental problems if left untreated.

Dry mouth treatment may include addressing the underlying cause, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, using saliva substitutes, and using products designed for dry mouth relief.

Yes, dry mouth can increase the risk of gum disease because of reduced saliva’s protective effects against harmful bacteria and acids in the mouth.

Yes, it’s essential to see a dentist if you have persistent dry mouth. They can evaluate the cause, recommend appropriate treatment, and provide guidance for maintaining oral health.

Client Testimonials

"PHC Dental Care's dry mouth treatment was a game-changer for me. Their personalized approach and recommended products brought relief to my persistent dry mouth. So grateful for their expertise!"
Mikala R.
"Dry mouth was affecting my oral health, but PHC Dental Care's treatment made a difference. Their guidance and special products improved my saliva production, and I feel more comfortable now."
Eduardo D.
"Dealing with dry mouth was frustrating, but PHC Dental Care's team was incredibly supportive. Their tailored treatment plan and recommendations helped manage my symptoms effectively. Thank you!"
David C.

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