Causes of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can be caused by many things, including stress and anxiety. Certain medications can cause or contribute to dry mouth. It can even be a symptom of some systemic illnesses, such as diabetes. Aging and certain autoimmune disorders can also cause the salivary glands to malfunction. Of course, smoking and other lifestyle choices can also contribute to dry mouth.
Why It’s Bad for Oral Health
Saliva helps neutralize the acids which are naturally produced by the bacteria in your mouth, limiting bacterial growth and preventing tooth decay. Saliva also helps to enhance the taste of foods and wash away small food particles. It aids in digestion by making food easier to chew and swallow. Saliva is an integral part of oral health and the digestion process. Patients who suffer from dry mouth are at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Treatments for Dry Mouth
Each case is different and treated on an individual basis. Your dentist may recommend a range of treatments depending on the severity of your condition. Patients with dry mouth should always pay close attention to their oral hygiene routine because of their increased risk of complications. It may be helpful to chew sugarless gum, sip room temperature water and use an alcohol-free mouth rinse. You should avoid tobacco and alcoholic beverages to help with this condition.
If you think you may suffer from dry mouth, or you have already been diagnosed, contact our team at Forever Young Dentistry today. Dry mouth is more than just a nuisance and it can be treated.