Dry Mouth: 3 Important Facts

Apr 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Dry Mouth, Preventive Dentistry

If you’re unfamiliar with a disorder we call dry mouth (and you discover it’s affecting you), it’s easy to feel confused. You may not understand why it’s happening, what to do about it, or whether it’s really something that requires your attention. First and foremost, you need to address the problem ASAP to keep your teeth and gums safe. As for additional info, allow us to fill you in!

Fact #1: It’s Dangerous For Your Smile

Dry mouth doesn’t sound particularly threatening but it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and additional concerns. This is primarily because your oral health relies on sufficient moisture to keep bacteria from overwhelming your mouth. Too little saliva means bacteria are not being flushed out as they should.

Fact #2: It’s Often The Result Of Medication

Sometimes you deal with dry mouth because you’ve been mouth breathing as the result of congestion. Sometimes the natural aging process reduces your saliva flow. In other cases, you might be dehydrated. There are many possible factors (that we can discuss with you during a visit). One of the more surprising of them is medication side effects. Check any pills you’re taking and you may find that a particular drug is the culprit!

Fact #3: We Can Help You

You’re not without options. As we help you determine why dry mouth is affecting you, we can also protect your oral health by helping you either reestablish saliva flow or through other means of increasing the moisture levels in your mouth. Just schedule a visit with us.

Don’t Let Dry Mouth Damage Your Dental Health

Keep your mouth moist, comfortable, and healthy through a dental checkup at our practice. Schedule an appointment today with Hilltop Family Dental by calling (510) 758-7222. We are proud to serve patients from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more communities.

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