Dry Mouth

Struggling with Dry Mouth

There is nothing worse than dry mouth. While it is normal to experience dry mouth sometimes, when dry mouth becomes a constant or recurring issue, it is time to talk to your dentist and get informed about why it may be occurring.

First, it is important to understand that dry mouth itself is not a serious issue, but it can be a sign of other more serious issues. For example, if you have poor oral hygiene and rarely visit the dentist, you are more likely to experience dry mouth. This is likely due to the fact you are more likely to develop tooth decay that leads to decreases in saliva.

Plus, when you have dry mouth, a general issue is that there is less saliva in your mouth, and saliva is important to cleaning your mouth. Saliva helps to neutralize acid in your teeth to prevent enamel erosion which leads to teeth sensitivity, cracks, chips, and more. It also cleans your mouth and helps you breakdown and digest food.

There are many reasons for dry mouth though beyond simple tooth decay. Some medication and health conditions can cause someone to experience dry mouth. If you visit your dentist and there is no sign of tooth decay, you should visit you general physician or doctor to ensure there is no bigger, underlying medical issue.

However, the number one thing you can do to prevent dry mouth is regularly visiting the dentist and regularly practicing good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing. If you are concerned that you have issue with dry mouth, be sure to contact your dentist for more information.

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