Friday, December 5, 2014

Dry Mouth Dilemma

If you have dry mouth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. What you may not know is how dangerous dry mouth can be to your teeth.

When your mouth is not being continuously bathed in saliva, natures mouth cleanser, your teeth are at risk for decay. Plaque, the sticky precursor to decay, loves to hang out in a dry mouth. It adheres to the unprotected teeth, creating the perfect environment for decay and infections to develop. Therefore, plaque needs to be brushed and rinsed away continuously to prevent cavities and infections from starting.

Causes of dry mouth may include certain prescription drugs (such as antidepressants), cancer therapies and dieting. Using a “dry mouth formula” toothpaste and chewing sugarless gum with xylitol are two good ways to stimulate saliva and fight cavities. Your dentist may even prescribe saliva-enhancing tablets. No matter what, always drink plenty of water.

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