Dry mouth is an annoying, sometimes sporadic occurrence that can be caused by any number of things. But no matter how annoying it is, it’s concerning to everyone at my dental office in St. Joseph when dry mouth lasts for a prolonged period of time. Dry mouth isn’t just an obnoxious, uncomfortable thing that happens…it can be dangerous to the health of your smile.
When dry mouth happens, it means your salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Mouths need saliva to protect teeth and to stay healthy. Although it seems like a minor thing, saliva is key to defending teeth against bacteria, neutralizing dangerous acids, and washing away leftover food particles that otherwise would stick around. Without saliva, mouths are at increased risk for tooth decay and other intraoral problems.
Like we mentioned, dry mouth can be caused by numerous things, some creating temporary uncomfortableness, others leading to a chronically dry mouth.
Each case of dry mouth is different, and effective treatment can vary from person to person. There are several solutions available including ensuring you’re drinking enough water and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. If more in depth treatment is needed, your doctor may adjust your medication or recommend a saliva producing prescription medicine.
If you’re concerned dry mouth may be causing dental problems, or you’d like to talk to someone about getting some relief, call my St. Joseph dental office to schedule an appointment today. We’ll be happy to help.
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