Dry mouth is an issue that plaques millions of people, for many different reasons. Dry mouth symptoms can range from mild to severe and is not only bothersome, but can be very damaging to the entire oral cavity, including the teeth. First, let’s talk about how inadequate salivary flow can affect the oral cavity and some of the risk factors associated with the development of dry mouth.
Saliva is an essential component to regulating every day activities such as speaking, chewing, and swallowing food. Most people have experienced some form of dry mouth in their lives and can recall how uncomfortable this disorder can be. When dealing with dry mouth, it is important to pinpoint a possible cause as well as make note of when you most often experience symptoms, as dry mouth can be can be transient throughout the day, or consistently appearing at a certain time. Most of the time, patients will tell me very specific times in the day, such as at night or early in the morning, that their symptoms are heightened. Since specific times may be linked to certain risk factors, it is therefore important to understand what may be causing dry mouth before we can look at palliative treatment options.
Most commonly, dry mouth is associated with these 4 Risk Factors:
Once you have an idea of why you may be experiencing dry mouth, let’s focus on what implications dry mouth may have in regards to your health. Firstly, saliva is an essential component to maintaining a healthy oral cavity. Saliva not only assists with speaking, chewing, and swallowing, but saliva also buffers acids produced by harmful bacteria found in the oral cavity that may cause dental decay. Salivary substitutes exist in many over the counter remedies (such as sprays, rinses, and lozenges) that adhere to the tissues to produce oral moistness for several hours.
Treatment for dry mouth is important, as it contributes to maintaining the health of your teeth. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the many treatment options, it is a good idea to discuss these concerns at you next regular check-up with any of the friendly and experienced staff at Braeside Dental Centre.
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