Most of us have had to deal with dry mouth from time to time, but when dry mouth is consistently an issue or it becomes a chronic problem, it can lead to severe oral health issues and should not go untreated for long periods of time.
What Exactly Is Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a condition called xerostomia. It is caused by the saliva glands having issues and they fail to produce enough saliva in your mouth to help repair teeth and clear out bacteria. Dry mouth can be caused by conditions like dehydration or breathing dry air for extended periods of time. Some people find it to be a chronic or even daily problem. When it's consistent, regular thing, it could be a sign of a saliva gland infection or diabetes.
Problems That Are Caused By Dry Mouth
Your saliva is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. It is your mouth's natural defense system against acid and tooth decay. It neutralizes the acids inside your mouth and clears out food particles while bringing minerals to protect and repair your teeth. When you have dry mouth, these protections are reduced causing problems. Gum disease is a common issue that arises from dry mouth.
Bacteria infect the gums and build up causing infections. Dry mouth lets the acids in your mouth build and remains on the teeth erode them. When acids are left inside your mouth, they eat the enamel away from your teeth. This causes teeth to ache and become sensitive.
If you are suffering from dry mouth, give our office a call. There are options to repair the damage that has occurred. Some tips to fight off issues while suffering from dry mouth. Drink plenty of water and use an over the counter saliva substitute. Chewing sugar-free gum can activate saliva. Sleep with a humidifier. Brush and floss lightly throughout the day to remove bacteria and acid. For more information, call our office today.