Dry Mouth and Your Oral Health

Millions of Americans battle dry mouth on a day to day basis and it can be very frustrating.  Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of things, but it’s important to pin point why you may be experiencing a lack of consistent saliva in your mouth.  Talk to your Miami dentist about your symptoms and to help you determine why the problem is occurring.

The article under Oral Health Topics about dry mouth on the ADA’s website gives some valuable information about what you should know about dry mouth.  This common condition can be caused by dehydration, talking a lot, and as a side effect of certain medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers and diuretics.  Dry mouth can cause other uncomfortable symptoms such as a sore throat, burning sensations, problems talking, difficulty swallowing, and dry sinuses.

Dentists want to know about your dry mouth, because if left untreated it can damage your teeth.  Saliva plays a very important role by washing away food, and neutralizing acid that can cause decay to occur.  Your dentist in Miami will be able to give you some tips to help restore the moisture in your mouth and, if necessary, they will need to treat the decay early to prevent cavities or tooth removal.  Be sure to stay well hydrated and drink plenty of water to limit the effects of dry mouth on your oral health.

Written by Mark Paulsort

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