Your mouth’s natural saliva production plays an important role lubricating food when eating, as well as moistening your mouth when speaking. After you are done eating your mouth continues to produce saliva to help clear away loose food particles and plaque deposits.
When your natural saliva production is hampered plaque, food particles, residual sugar and other bacterial deposits can start to saturate your mouth. Over time it could lead to an increase in oral plaque acids as well as the developed of hardened tartar at the gumline, which puts you at increased risk for problems with tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have been dealing with decreased saliva production on a frequent basis, it’s best to have your chronic dry mouth diagnosed by a dentist like Dr. Lori Ann Safar. Determining the underlying factors can often go a long way toward developing an effective treatment plan.
Certain medications can reduce saliva production as a common side effect. While you will certainly need to continue taking any prescribed medications you might want to talk with your primary physician to see if there are methods for maintaining adequate moisture in your mouth.
Sometimes chewing sugarless gum or periodically sipping water throughout the day can help maintain oral moisture levels. In a severe case you might be able to get a prescription for a saliva substitute.
If you live in the San Diego, California, area and you have been struggling to deal with chronic dry mouth problems, you should call 858-461-6730 to set up an appointment at Celebrity Smile.