Are you aware of the relationship between dry mouth and oral health? If you are suffering from dry mouth, oftentimes your oral health will suffer as well. Dry mouth is a condition in which your body is not producing enough saliva in your mouth to effectively wash away debris and harmful bacteria that can lead to several oral health risks.
If you are suffering from dry mouth, it can often be caused by medications you may be taking. Several medications include dry mouth as a side effect, so it is important to exercise caution with any medications you are taking and seek out saliva-producing products to increase production in your mouth. Everything from chewing sugarless gum after meals to eating crunchy foods with a high water content can help spur the additional production of saliva.
Be aware that although dry mouth is not a disease, it can lead to several other oral health risks, including gum disease. Dry mouth can also cause a sore throat, difficulties breathing or swallowing, issues chewing food properly, or a sore throat. If you are suffering from dry mouth, you’ll want to visit our dentist so that accommodations can be made.
Our team at Complete Dental Care looks forward to enhancing your smile by treating dry mouth conditions that arise. To book an appointment at our dental office in Newcomerstown, Ohio, please contact our dental team at 740-254-8102.