Dry mouth seems to run in my family. My mother and two of my sisters have it. Now, I find my mouth getting really dry throughout the day, and at night I cough a lot because my mouth is so dry. I think it’s making my breath smell. Can I treat it at home, or do I need to see a dentist or my doctor? Will dry mouth prevent me from getting porcelain veneers? Thanks. Vicki
Thank you for contacting Cornerstone Dentistry in Sugar Land regarding dry mouth and porcelain veneers.
Can You Get Porcelain Veneers If You Have Dry Mouth?
You can get porcelain veneers if you have dry mouth, but it is important to get it treated. Saliva protects your teeth from decay and helps your mouth fight bacteria. Although porcelain veneers cover the fronts of your teeth, the backs of your teeth are still exposed to bacteria that promote decay.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
The following factors can contribute to dry mouth:
- Lack of hydration
- Certain prescription medications
- Salivary gland dysfunction
- Some autoimmune diseases
How Can You Improve Dry Mouth?
You can improve your dry mouth in the following ways:
- Sip water throughout the day.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Avoid salty or acidic foods, which decrease saliva production.
- Try using a humidifier while you sleep because saliva production is naturally lower.
- Ask your dentist about medication or treatment to stimulate saliva production.
- Be diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene at home.
- Stay current with dental exams and cleaning appointments.
Schedule a Porcelain Veneers Consultation
Schedule a porcelain veneers consultation with an advanced cosmetic dentist. Discuss your family history and concerns about dry mouth. The dentist will explain how you can manage a dry mouth and prevent cavities if you decide to get porcelain veneers.
Sugar Land cosmetic dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post.