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Optimal oral health depends on making sure you are not suffering from what is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth, also commonly referred to as xerostomia, is an oral health condition in which your mouth does not benefit from an adequate flow of saliva. This can be caused by numerous risk factors in your life. To help you know what causes dry mouth and what you can do to avoid it, we invite you to review the points below:

– Several saliva-producing foods can lower your risk for dry mouth. This includes chewing sugarless gum after meals and eating crunchy foods that have a high water content, such as apples and pears.
– To help lower your risk of dry mouth, always avoid medications that list it as a side effect.
– In certain situations, dry mouth can cause oral health issues, such as gum disease, cavities and a sore throat. Dry mouth can also cause difficulties breathing, swallowing and chewing properly.
– It is important to understand that saliva is essential for washing away debris in your mouth, neutralizing acids and providing disease-fighting substances for your oral health. Do your best to implement foods and habits in your daily life that can increase your saliva flow.

For more advice about how you can avoid and treat dry mouth, or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Brent Hawkins, Dr. Richard Smith, or Dr. Hassinger. You can reach our dental office in Amarillo, Texas, by calling 806-353-4361. Our dentists and team look forward to improving your smile!