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Dry mouth problems can be more than uncomfortable. In fact, decreased saliva production can increase your chances of suffering cavities and gum disease. Dr. Brett Riche urges his patients to identify the cause of their dry mouth problems as an important preventative measure against oral health maladies.

A new prescription medication, frequent alcohol consumption, and tobacco use can cause a state of chronic dehydration in the mouth. These lifestyle factors can be addressed by abstaining from alcohol, and tobacco, or seeing if your physician can provide you with an alternate medication.

It’s also worth noting that certain medical conditions, such as oral or pharyngeal cancer can also cause a reduction in saliva production. Diagnosing these conditions early can significantly increase your treatment options, and chances of treatment success.

Early symptoms of oral cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms could also include a persistent sore throat, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms in addition to a chronic dry mouth problem, Dr. Brett Riche can perform an oral cancer screening. If he finds signs of oral, or pharyngeal cancer, or another oral health problem, Dr. Brett Riche can recommend the applicable treatment method.

If you live in the Farmington, New Mexico, area and you have chronic dry mouth, or other oral health concerns, you should all 505.592.0477 to schedule an appointment at The Dental Studio on 30th.