Did you know that saliva is vital to the health of your teeth and gums? You see, 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.
You may have to deal with bad breath for a number of reasons. For instance, certain medications could lead to dry mouth, as they could hamper saliva production. For reasons like these, we recommend telling our dentist about medications you may be taking. Dry mouth can also result from smoking and dehydration.
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.
There are a number of things you can do about dry mouth—though the selection you’ll need will depend on the cause of the problem. If your dry mouth is caused because your salivary glands aren’t working, certain medications may help. Our dentist may also recommend artificial saliva to keep your mouth wet.
If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our dentist, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have and examine the state of your mouth. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at [pone] today!