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Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Dry Mouth

It's not uncommon to experience dry mouth once in awhile, but when dry mouth is a chronic problem, it can lead to serious oral health issues. If you experience dry mouth regularly, it's important to seek treatment.There are many general dentistry treatments to help protect your smile from the dangers of dry mouth. To find out which treatments are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Jefferson City dentist Tavla Grundstrom Joost. In the meantime, read these tips to help protect yourself from the dangers of dry mouth.

What Is Dry Mouth?

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Simply put, dry mouth is a condition in which not enough saliva is produced. A reduction in saliva production can occur for a number of reasons, including dehydration, oral infections, damaged salivary glands, use of certain medications, and smoking. Even breathing dry air can cause dry mouth to occur. In many cases, temporary dry mouth is caused by dehydration; increasing water consumption can do wonders to alleviate dry mouth and its symptoms. Those who constantly experience dry mouth may suffer from dehydration as well, but there is a greater possibility that their dry mouth is caused by something more severe, like oral infections or damaged salivary glands. Regardless of the cause of dry mouth, it is important to seek treatment. The symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Mouth and tongue feel dry
  • Feeling constantly thirsty
  • Dry, chapped lips
  • Sores in the corners of the mouth or inside the mouth
  • Dry throat and/or nasal passageway
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or tasting foods

Oral Health Problems Caused by Dry Mouth

Saliva plays an important role in oral health. Saliva is full of healthy enzymes and proteins that help digest food and strengthen our teeth. More importantly, saliva helps wash away food remnants and bacteria from the mouth, reducing tooth decay and disease. Saliva also helps neutralize acids, further reducing tooth decay and enamel erosion. When not enough saliva is produced, dry mouth occurs, leaving the patient vulnerable to such oral health dangers as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Mouth sores
  • Oral infections
  • Oral pain or discomfort
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth loss

Tips to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Dry Mouth

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Because chronic dry mouth can lead to many oral health issues, it's important to seek treatment and take steps to keep your oral health in check. You can help reduce the risk of developing oral health problems from dry mouth by following these tips:

  • Seek professional treatment to determine the underlying cause of dry mouth
  • Drink plenty of water to keep well hydrated
  • Chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air
  • Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating and in between brushing
  • Try using an over-the-counter saliva substitute

Schedule a Consultation. Don't let dry mouth go untreated. Schedule a consultation to discuss your personalized treatment plan.



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