Preventing Dry Mouth and Improving Your Oral Health
Dry mouth may seem like an issue that has a fairly easy solution – just drink a glass of water. However, if you suffer from persistent or prolonged periods of dry mouth you could be at an increased risk for experiencing a number of dental problems ranging from tooth sensitivity and cavities to gum disease and mouth sores.
Decrease your risk of experiencing dental problems as a result of dry mouth by learning more about this problem and discover ways you can prevent it from happening to you.
Taking a Closer Look at Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is exactly what it sounds. It is when your mouth is unable to crease enough saliva. The lack of saliva creates extremely dry conditions in your mouth which can cause you to experience a number of problems ranging from digestive problems to dental problems.
Many people think that dry mouth is actually a specific disease or illness, but it isn’t. It is actually a symptom that happens as a result of other medical conditions. Some common causes of dry mouth include undergoing radiation treatment, use of certain types of medications, smoking, part of the natural aging process, or as a result of some diseases such as diabetes.
How Does Dry Mouth Cause Dental Problems?
Salvia helps keep your mouth clean by breaking down the food you eat, naturally cleaning your teeth throughout the day, and removing harmful bacteria from your mouth. People with dry mouth don’t produce enough saliva to make these things happen which puts them at risk for experiencing dental problems.
Dental problems occur because the harmful bacteria and food is left stuck to your teeth as there isn’t enough salvia to naturally clean your mouth. If the food and bacteria are left on your teeth for prolonged periods of time, it can cause decay to form and result in cavities, infections, mouth sores, and eventually tooth loss.
How to Treat or Prevent Dry Mouth
If you suffer from dry mouth there are a few things you can do to try to increase the amount of saliva your mouth produces. Some things you can do include:
- Using prescription mouthwashes that are designed to increase saliva production
- Stay properly hydrated throughout the day
- Use sugar-free gum or candy to increase saliva production
- Limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol
- Work with your doctor or dentist to discover the cause of dry mouth and make appropriate changes to your medicine/lifestyle/daily routine to prevent dry mouth
Suffer from dry mouth? It is a good idea to schedule a routine dental examination to make sure you aren’t experiencing any dental problems as a result of your dry mouth. The dental staff at Chehalis Dental Care is experienced in identifying dental problems caused by dry mouth and helping you find solutions to prevent problems from arising in the future.
Call Chehalis Dental Care today to schedule an appointment for a routine dental examination and to discuss how to prevent dry mouth with our dentist.