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Dry Mouth and How You Can Prevent it

Woman looking at her mouthDry 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.

Damage Caused by Dry Mouth

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.

Preventing Dry Mouth

Below are a few ways to help increase saliva production and combat dry mouth:

  • Drink more water – This one may seem obvious, but drinking more water can indeed help to prevent and combat dry mouth. This is because dry mouth is a common symptom of dehydration. Make sure you’re taking in plenty of water every day!
  • Chew sugar-free gum – The act of chewing gum can help to stimulate the production of saliva in the mouth. Make sure you’re chewing sugar-free gum to avoid introducing more sugar into the mouth.
  • Eliminate caffeine – Almost all caffeinated beverages will contribute to dry mouth issues. We recommend cutting these beverages out of your diet in order to help decrease or prevent any dry mouth issues.
  • Quit tobacco use – Lastly, any and all types of tobacco products cause dry mouth. Quitting the use of tobacco will not only help to increase saliva production, but is also the healthiest choice you can make for your overall health as well.

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 and Pueblo, Colorado.  

Posted on Sep 17, 2018
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