Do you have a constant dry mouth? If so, did you ever think that maybe your dry mouth is a dental issue? Well, it’s true. Dry mouth is a common dental issue that many people suffer with. It is a problem that involves inadequate saliva flow.
This condition is not a disease, but it could be considered as a side effect from many medications or as a symptom of a medical disorder. Dry mouth is very dangerous for your smile. Without saliva, the oral acids produced by bacteria daily will not be neutralized and the teeth will not be constantly washed. If you do not have adequate saliva, your smile is also prone to severe tooth decay.
If you have a constant sore throat, a burning sensation in your mouth, or dry nasal passages, you likely suffer from dry mouth. There are many treatments for dry mouth. Some of those treatments include chewing sugar-free gum, sucking on sugar-free candy, using artificial saliva, and using mouth rinses. Whatever you can do to promote saliva in your mouth is better than nothing.
There are things you can do to prevent dry mouth, and those things are:
-Use a humidifier in the home
-Avoid using medications that cause the condition
-Breathe through your nose as much as possible
-Avoid using tobacco products
-Drink 8 FL oz. of water each day
Now that you know the basics of dry mouth in Amarillo, Texas, it’s time to start treating the condition, whether it’s by chewing sugar-free gum, using oral rinses, or consulting with your dentist, Dr. Brent Hawkins. If you would like to talk to our team about this problem, please call Hawkins Dental Group now at 806-353-4361. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you at your earliest convenience!