To help make sure your mouth can continue to stay healthy for the rest of your life, you will need to always make sure you’re producing enough saliva. Saliva is a substance that is essential for your oral health care because it can help eliminate unhealthy substances in your mouth. However, if your body is not producing enough saliva, you’ll be suffering from a condition known as xerostomia, more commonly referred to as dry mouth, which can arise due to several causes.
Several factors can play a role in the presence of dry mouth. If you are routinely suffering from dry mouth, it could be linked to issues with medications you are taking or perhaps an underlying oral health condition. It can even be linked to an autoimmune disease known as Sjogren’s Syndrome, which occurs when your immune system attacks the glands responsible for producing saliva. Saliva production is important because it helps you maintain a clean mouth by rinsing away debris and neutralizing harmful acids.
If you lack saliva and suffer from dry mouth, you will be at an increased risk for several oral health problems. This can include gum disease, tooth decay, a sore throat, cavities, dental erosion, as well as difficulties breathing or eating. To minimize your risks for dry mouth, visit your dentist to determine what treatments are available and take the time to help use saliva producing substances such as consuming crunchy/watery foods chewing sugarless gum after meals.
Do you want to learn more about dry mouth prevention in San Diego, California? If so, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tim Garofolo at our dental office by calling us at 858-257-3412. San Diego Dentistry Studio looks forward to enhancing your smile with dry mouth prevention and care. The path to a healthy smile starts today!