Did you know that saliva is vital to the health of your teeth and gums? Saliva can help get rid of the excess food and bacteria that are left in your mouth after you eat. It also helps you prevent dry mouth. When you have dry mouth, plaque and tooth decay can thrive, which may even result in chronic bad breath.
There are many different factors that can ultimately lead to dry mouth. For example, some medications can actually lead to dry mouth, and different medications can cause a lack of saliva production. Smoking and dehydration can also cause dry mouth.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to recognize chronic dry mouth. For instance, if you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel thirsty, or feel like your lips are dry. You may also feel sores form in your mouth, or have a dry throat, red tongue, bad breath, and trouble swallowing. If you notice any of these issues, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible—though you may also consider visiting a doctor.
Still, there are quite a few things you can do to address dry mouth, but the choice you make depends on the reason for your problem. For instance, if you have dry mouth because your salivary glands aren’t functioning properly, there may be some medications that can help, including artificial saliva.
If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Turnbow is happy to answer any questions you may have and examine the condition of your mouth. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Truman Village Dental at 816-836-5520. We’re excited to hear from you!