The natural saliva production of your mouth plays an important role in the basic function of your mouth. Throughout the day it helps keep your mouth moist. When you eat a snack or a meal, saliva also helps to make your food easier to swallow.
It’s also important to note that even after you are done eating, saliva production plays a role in keeping your mouth clean. Saliva helps to loosen and wash away stray food particles and acid found on your teeth and along the gumline.
If you suffer from a chronic dry mouth, food residue and acids can remain in your mouth and could foster bacterial growth and increase your chances of suffering a cavity or gum disease.
A side effect of some prescription medications is the reduction of saliva production. If you are prescribed this medication, you should talk to your dentist and your primary physician about options for keeping your mouth moist.
If you are unsure of the cause your chronic dry mouth problems, the wisest course of action is to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Mark Ranzinger. After assessing the nature and severity of the problem he can help you understand your treatment options.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have been struggling with a chronic dry mouth, you should call 704-541-8600 to set up an appointment at Blakeney Dental.