Dry mouth? Talk to your Dentist
by: Dental Assistant Team
You may have heard of people suffering from dry mouth.
We all know that it is saliva that keeps the mouth moist. Saliva is produced naturally in the mouth by the body as part of the digestion process. As soon as something touches the inside of our mouth, saliva is produced. Saliva also helps protect us against bacteria.
But for some of us, producing saliva can be a challenge; either due to medication, or to an health issue.
Some medications such as antihistamine, or medications used to treat diabetes, pain, allergies, asthma, and others can decrease the natural production of saliva. Some treatments such as radiation therapy can also lead to a decrease in the production of saliva.
When it comes to your teeth, the main concern with a low production of saliva is tooth decay. Saliva helps maintain a healthy acid and alkaline balance in your mouth which helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. It also helps in fighting bacteria and plaque that weakens teeth and ends up dissolving their structure.
To help with dry mouth you can use certain rinses or chew on sugar free gum with xylitol. Chewing will help promote your saliva flow and xylitol helps fight the accumulation of plaque.
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Article date: Sep. 03 2013
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County