Dry mouth can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but it can also cause damage to your oral health as well. Dry mouth is caused by a number of factors including autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and as a side effect of certain drugs or medications. Dry mouth isn’t necessarily an oral health emergency, but it is something you should work to avoid.
If you allow the problem of dry mouth to go on for too long, the lack of saliva can increase dental cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Saliva is an important part of balancing the pH levels in your mouth and is also useful for washing away plaque and food debris. Without saliva, plaque would be allowed to accumulate, eating away at the enamel and causing tooth decay and dental cavities.
Below are a few ways to avoid dry mouth and increase saliva production:
If you have dry mouth and you’re concerned about the impact it may be having on your dental health, please contact Severance Dental located here in Severance, Colorado. We want to make sure your smile is healthy and beautiful for years to come!