Did you know that saliva is vital to the health of your teeth and gums? You see, saliva works to help get rid of excess food particles and bacteria that are left in your mouth after you eat. It also helps to prevent a condition called dry mouth. When you have dry mouth, plaque and tooth decay can thrive, which can result in chronic bad breath.
There are many different factors that can lead to dry mouth. Certain medications can lead to dry mouth as one of their side effects, as they diminish saliva production. Smoking, as well as dehydration, can also cause dry mouth.
Aside from a dry feeling in your mouth, there may be a few ways for you to recognize dry mouth. Symptoms of dry mouth can include constantly being thirsty, or having dry lips. You may also have a hard time swallowing, or feel sores starting to form in your mouth. You may even notice a dry throat. While none of these issues may appear overly severe, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible.
There are a number of things you can do about dry mouth—though the selection you’ll need will depend on the cause of the problem. If your issue is caused because your salivary glands aren’t working properly, certain medications may help to alleviate this. Our dentist may also recommend artificial saliva to keep your mouth properly moist.
If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, we invite you to reach out to our team. Our dentist, Dr. Nirmal Aujla will gladly answer any questions you may have and examine the condition of your mouth. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please call our Jefferson Dental Health PC team at 315-788-7070 today!