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All of us have had a moment of fear or stress. It’s at those moments when our mouth “runs dry.” While dry mouth is normal from time to time, if it is a chronic problem, it may be time to talk to our dentists, Drs. Hooper and Hooper. Dry mouth is a condition in which your body does not manufacture a sufficient amount of saliva.

How do you know if you are suffering from dry mouth? One of the most obvious symptoms is a dry or sticky mouth. Dry, cracked lips, a sore throat, tooth decay, a burning feeling in the mouth and bad breath may also indicate dry mouth.

Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, high blood pressure and depression. Parkinson’s disease and the medications used to treat it can also cause dry mouth. Our dentists may want to talk with your doctor about any recent diagnoses or prescriptions.

Our dentists may want to adjust your medications. Or the answer may be as simple as drinking more water or using a humidifier at night. Chewing sugarless gum can stimulate the production of saliva. You can also increase your intake of crunchy fruits and vegetables. In some cases, our dentists may prescribe artificial saliva.

If you have been experiencing the effects of dry mouth, we can help. To schedule an appointment at Hooper Family Dentistry in Bossier City, Louisiana, call 318-742-2272 today.