Negative Effects of Chronic Dry Mouth
Dry mouth affects most of us on occasion, and the rare instance of dry mouth is not likely to have any adverse effects on you. However, when those feelings of dryness and irritation become chronic, they can actually increase your risk of experiencing serious dental health problems. Our dentist in Santa Clara explains.
Chronic dry mouth is a side effect of several types of medication. It can also occur in response to certain systemic conditions such as diabetes. Saliva plays an important role in oral function. It helps rinse away debris from the foods you eat, and it neutralizes the acidic byproducts of oral bacteria. When your mouth lacks sufficient saliva to perform these functions, the debris and bacteria will remain in your mouth and wreak havoc with your dental health. Chronic dry mouth can significantly increase your risk of developing both gum disease and tooth decay.
If you have chronic dry mouth, eating fibrous fruits and vegetables can help stimulate saliva flow and mechanically clean plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Sipping water throughout the day can increase oral comfort. Chewing sugarless gums can also be beneficial. Brush after meals and floss daily to reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria buildup, and avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes, which can exacerbate the condition. Twice-yearly dental checkups are sufficient for most people, but our dentist may recommend more frequent checkups to monitor your condition. We may also prescribe a saliva replacement product to reduce the risks that are associated with chronic dry mouth.
Contact our expert in teeth cleaning in Santa Clara today to learn more or to schedule your next checkup.