Decreased saliva production can do more than simply leave you with a dry feeling mouth. Indeed your saliva is responsible for several different oral functions. This includes lubricating food when chewing and swallowing, as well as adequately moistening your mouth when breathing and speaking.
Over the course of your day, the healthy flow of saliva in your mouth also helps to loosen and wash away trapped food particles and residual sugars.
If the healthy flow of saliva is impeded in some way the natural bacteria living in your mouth could exploit the trapped material promoting bad breath, and increased the plaque acids.
Chronic dry mouth, which is also known as xerostomia, can significantly increase your chances of suffering cavities and periodontal health problems. Identifying the contributing factors can help develop an effective treatment strategy to help restore your mouth’s natural moisture.
Certain prescription medications can cause chronic dry mouth as a side effect. Also, dehydration from something like frequent alcohol consumption of tobacco use can be a factor in reduced in saliva production.
Some cases of chronic dry mouth could be linked to a developing oral or pharyngeal cancer. Early diagnosis of these serious oral health maladies can significantly increase your treatment options and treatment success rate.
If you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area and you have been struggling with chronic dry mouth problems, you should call 702-384-5070 to set up an appointment with Dr. William Robison and the staff at Whispering Pines Dental.