dry mouth is bad for your oral health

Dry mouth can cause big problems for your Oral Health

dry mouth is bad for your oral healthThousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA

In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Dumbledore drinks a potion known as the Drink of Despair, which makes him completely insane and unquenchably thirsty. This extreme thirst leads him to fall victim to a trap. Don’t trap yourself into suffering from a dry mouth. Sipping water may wet your pallet, but it doesn’t cure whatever is causing your chronic dry mouth. It may not seem like a big deal, but if left untreated, dry mouth can cause a slew of serious oral health problems. That’s why Dr. Kathleen Carson and the staff at Integrative Dental Arts want to educate you on how chronic dry mouth can be harmful to your oral health, and what we can do to help.

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth is a condition stemming from a reduction in saliva flow. Saliva has proteins and enzymes. The flow of saliva is necessary to have a well-lubricated mouth, which is crucial to fighting tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

When your mouth is dry, bacteria and food can stick to your teeth more easily. This can lead to a buildup of the plaque and bacteria that cause cavities. A proper flow of saliva washes away the food particles that can accumulate on your teeth. These particles lead to tooth decay and a variety of oral problems, up to and including gum disease. Not to mention, dry mouth causes halitosis, which is commonly known as bad breath. Dry mouth may also cause difficulty in chewing and disrupt your digestion. Don’t let these serious problems affect you.

What causes dry mouth?

You may just be thirsty if it is a singular occurrence, but if your dry mouth persists, other medical-related issues may be the cause. There are many people who don’t realize they’re suffering from this issue until 50 percent of their saliva has been depleted. By the time your saliva flow has been reduced by that much, your oral hygiene already is declining and impacting your dental health.

Some of the many known causes of dry mouth include:

  • Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
  • Age
  • Nerve Damage
  • Tobacco and Alcohol Use
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Cancer

What can I do to ease dry mouth?

If you’re looking for a simple fix to help with your dry mouth, then drink small, regular sips of cold, unsweetened drinks. Drink plenty of water while eating or when snacking. Finding ways to increase the moisture content in the foods you eat also can help to keep your mouth lubricated. You can achieve this through broths, soups, and yogurt. Another helpful tip is to eat sugar-free mints or candies, which stimulate saliva flow. The reality, however, is that these options only will provide temporary relief for dry mouth. Until you schedule an appointment with Dr. Carson at Integrative Dental Arts, you can’t know the actual cause of your dry mouth or what remedy will be best to help it.

Treatment for Dry Mouth in Agoura Hills

If you’re suffering from chronic dry mouth, you need to contact Integrative Dental Arts to schedule your appointment today. We will begin the process of creating a customizable plan for you based on your oral health needs. Contact us today at (818) 889-0400 to schedule your appointment if you live in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Village areas of southern California.