Many residents in our community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious problem. But constant dry mouth, known as xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to acute health problems.
Never take your saliva for granted. It plays a vital role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to carry out this task, your body may not be getting all of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many people don’t realize that some of the foods we eat are very acidic, and that saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.
Dr. Eleanor Endres and her staff at Endres Gateway Dentistry have been treating xerostomia since 2007. For starters, Dr. Endres recommends cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. She also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. So can certain medications. IF you have been prescribed a medication and also have dry mouth, consult with your physician to see if dry mouth is a side effect.
Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Endres Gateway Dentistry today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older.
Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry? I invite you to come visit my practice at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204 in Cincinnati. My friendly team at Endres Gateway Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or a complete smile makeover.
Your sensational smile starts with healthy teeth!
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