We all have a dry mouth from time to time. Whether we drank a little too much alcohol, feel stressed out during a presentation, worked out without really rehydrating or generally just feel thirsty regularly, having a dry mouth isn’t necessarily that big of a problem – until it becomes a persistent problem. When that happens, maybe it’s time to visit the dentist.
Why? Because dry mouth is a really big deal for dental health.Your saliva plays a critical role for your teeth. By washing away bacteria and debris, saliva helps keep cavities and gum disease away.If you have a feeling that you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth, then you are experiencing dry mouth. You may also experience some difficulty tasting, chewing, swallowing and speaking with dry mouth.
There are lots of reasons a person can develop a dry mouth. While it is a sign of diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, it is also a very common side effect of medication. Nervousness and upset can also create dry mouth. Everyone experiences this once in a while. But if it becomes chronic, it can create a real problem.
Once saliva dries up, your teeth are no longer protected from decay or infection. This can really increase your risk for cavities and gum disease (which, in turn, can increase your risk for a myriad of other problems as bacteria begins to travel around your body). While solutions range from a change in medication to healthier habits such as avoiding tobacco, it is important to have a professional diagnose your condition.
Fortunately, if you suspect you have dry mouth, it is easy for your dentist to tell. The solutions to a dry mouth can also be easy as well. In some cases, you may simply need to up your fluid intake. If you need a stronger remedy, your dentist may suggest a saliva substitute. Why not schedule a check up and see what we can help you discover?
If you have a question about having a dry mouth, don’t be afraid to contact us!