You know that gum disease and tooth decay can lead to a number of serious issues. You probably also know that you should brush and floss every day if you’re interested in avoiding these problems, but did you know that dry mouth could actually lead to dry mouth and tooth decay?
Dry mouth develops when you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth. This can lead to a number of problems, including bad breath and the promotion of bacterial growth. There are various factors that can ultimately lead to dry mouth. For example, certain medications list as a side effect dry mouth, as they contribute to a lack of saliva production. Smoking and dehydration can also cause dry mouth.
There are a few things you can do to recognize chronic dry mouth. For instance, you may constantly feel thirsty, or feel like your lips are dry. You may also feel sores form in your mouth, or have a dry throat, red tongue, bad breath, or trouble swallowing. If you notice any of these issues, we recommend contacting our dentist as soon as possible.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do about dry mouth—though the selection you’ll need will depend on the cause of the problem. If your condition is because your salivary glands aren’t working, certain medications may help. Our dentist may recommend artificial saliva to keep your mouth moist.
If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our dentist, Dr. Robin Cropper and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have and examine the condition of your mouth. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact Dentistry For Today at 502-517-0073.