Did you know that saliva is vital to the health of your teeth and gums? You see, saliva can help get rid of the excess food and bacteria that are left in your mouth after you eat. It also helps you prevent dry mouth. When you have dry mouth, plaque and tooth decay can thrive, which may even result in chronic bad breath.
There are many different factors that can ultimately lead to dry mouth. For example, some medications can actually lead to dry mouth, and certain medications can cause a lack of saliva production. Smoking and dehydration can also cause dry mouth.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to recognize chronic dry mouth. If you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel thirsty, or feel like your lips are dry. You may also feel sores form in your mouth, or have a dry throat, red tongue, bad breath, and trouble swallowing. If you notice any of these issues, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible—though you may also consider visiting a doctor.
Still, if you are experiencing dry mouth, there are a few solutions you can consider. For instance, if your condition is caused by dehydration, increasing your water intake could help. You could also try purchasing artificial saliva. There may be medications that could help you address your problem—though we recommend speaking with our dentist first and your doctor before you choose this solution.
If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our dentist, Dr. Sonny Ashfar is happy to answer any questions you may have and examine the condition of your mouth. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact our Star Dental team at 916.773.6222.