Dry mouth can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but it can also cause a good amount of damage to your dental health. Dry mouth is caused by a number of factors, which can include certain autoimmune disorders, diabetes, breathing primarily through the mouth, or as a side effect of some medications. Dry mouth isn’t something that will automatically or immediately cause damage to your oral health, but it is something that you should have knowledge of and avoid when you can.
If dry mouth becomes chronic, it can lead to an increase in the likelihood of dental cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Saliva is important to the health of your mouth for two reasons. First, it helps wash away food debris and dental plaque that would otherwise sit unchecked in the mouth. Second, saliva is an important part of keeping the pH levels in your mouth balanced.
Below are a few ways to help increase saliva production and combat dry mouth:
If you’re concerned about dry mouth, please make an appointment with your regular dentist to make sure it isn’t becoming a problem for your dental health. Here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, we are experts in endodontics and root canal therapy. For more information, please contact one of our three locations in Colorado Springs North, Colorado Springs South, and Pueblo, Colorado.