Dry mouth is the result of insufficient saliva production, which in turn can be a symptom of numerous issues. Many medications, such as antihistamines, diuretics and over-the-counter cold and flu medications can cause dry mouth, as can certain immune disorders.
If you suffer from dry mouth frequently, you could be at a higher risk of cavities and gum disease. The lack of saliva prevents food particles from being flushed away for your teeth and gum line, leading to a higher incidence of bacteria in those places. That bacteria is what causes tooth decay and gum disease.
There are things we can do to help combat dry mouth. We may be able to recommend an oral rinse, sugar-free gum or medication to help with the problem. We’ll also likely recommend slightly more frequent checkup exams and teeth cleanings to help prevent decay.
If you think you might have an issue with chronic dry mouth syndrome, call us today. Livonia Family Dental is dedicated to holistic dental care, and that means your total body wellness. You don’t have to suffer from dry mouth; why not start fixing it today?