Treating Dry Mouth to Avoid Oral Health Problems
By Steven Kail on March 21, 2014
It is not uncommon to experience the occasional dry mouth. A lack of hydration, stress, and nerves can cause the mouth to feel dry or sticky temporarily. However, for those patients who consistently suffer from dry mouth, there are serious oral health dangers that are associated with this condition. The cosmetic dentists at Premier Dental Center can improve oral health for our Jackson patients by providing dry mouth treatment. Dry mouth treatment can restore moisture to the mouth, repair damage that has resulted from dry mouth, and prevent other oral health problems from developing.
The Dangers of Dry Mouth
The saliva that the mouth produces actually has a very important role in maintaining oral health, which is why those patients who suffer from dry mouth are vulnerable to oral health problems. Saliva is a natural cleanser in the mouth. It helps rinse away food particles, controls bacteria and acid, helps to digest food, and makes it possible to chew and swallow. Dry mouth is a condition in which the patient fails to produce an adequate amount of saliva. Without saliva, the mouth is dry and sticky, oral functions become difficult, and the teeth and gums become vulnerable to oral health problems. Patients with dry mouth are more likely to experience the following conditions:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty tasting food
Treating Dry Mouth
The best way to avoid the dangers of dry mouth is to have the condition treated by a physician or dentist. Because dry mouth may be a sign of disease or a side effect of medication, it is important to first determine what is causing the dry mouth. A change in medications or medical treatment for other health problems may be necessary if this is the case. If dry mouth is a result of something other than medication use or disease, patients may use medications that help produce saliva or artificial saliva rinses that can help keep the mouth moist, thus improving oral functions and decreasing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease from developing. In addition to these treatments, patients who suffer from dry mouth should also drink plenty of water and can help stimulate saliva production by chewing on sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies when the mouth feels dry.
In many cases, by the time dry mouth is diagnosed, tooth decay has already developed. Even with effective dry mouth treatment, the health of the mouth will continue to deteriorate if present decay is not treated as well. Our dentists offer restorative dentistry treatments that remove tooth decay and rebuild tooth structure to restore health and function to damaged teeth. We offer a range of restorative treatments including dental fillings for minimal tooth decay and dental crowns for teeth that have been severely compromised.
Schedule an Appointment
The cosmetic dentists at Premier Dental Center offer comprehensive dental services that meet a full range of our patient’s needs. Whether you believe you suffer from dry mouth or are simply looking for a trusted dentist to care for your general dentistry needs, we can help. To ensure that your smile is getting the best care possible, schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists at your earliest convenience.
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