I had my semi-annual check-up with my dentist today and he noted that I had a severely dry-mouth. I've known I had this, but with all my other medical issues, I didn't consider it to be one of my major concerns, and simply dealt with it.
However, my Dentist made it very clear that dry-mouth can be a very serious problem for oral-hygiene. Not only does it lead to bad breath (halitosis), but it can lead to gingivitis, cavities, tooth-decay, and eventually periodontal disease....
- Considering how serious dry-mouth is (at least according to my dentist), why don't you ever hear people suffering from "dry-mouth"?
- Why don't doctors diagnosis you with dry-mouth? Or if doctors know that some of the medications you're on aare known to cause dry-mouth, why don't they offer a treatment plan for the symptoms?
- Why isn't dry-mouth taken more seriously?