Dry mouth is a common dental problem not many are aware of. Which is why today we are going to show you what dry mouth is and why saliva plays an important role in your dental health.
Dry mouth is a condition that affects millions of Americans today. The condition is diagnosed when an individual doesn’t produce enough saliva, or spit, in the mouth for an extended period of time.
There are many reasons why dry mouth exists. Some include: side effects of certain medications, smoking, certain medical conditions or diseases, and dehydration. But the good news is there are several ways to produce enough saliva to help treat the condition.
Saliva plays an important role in your mouth and dry mouth prevention. Saliva helps digest food, protect teeth from decay, prevent infection and makes it possible for you to chew and swallow food.
Saliva creates a protective barrier on your teeth so without enough saliva in your mouth to protect your teeth, there is a greater risk for tooth decay and other dental infections to occur.
Here are some ways you can treat dry mouth: drinking water throughout the day, avoiding caffeinated drinks, sipping water or sugar-free drinks during meals, chewing sugarless gum or hard candies, quitting harmful practices like smoking or chewing tobacco and using a humidifier at night.
If you’ve suffered from dry mouth for a long time, it may be time to consider visiting the dentist. Your dentist will be able to accurately assess your teeth for any tooth decay or dental problems. Give our office a call today to schedule your appointment at 713-631-3700!