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Did you know that saliva is vital to the health of your teeth and gums? You see, saliva can help get rid of the excess food and bacteria that are left in your mouth after you eat. It also helps you prevent dry mouth. Sadly, when you have dry mouth, plaque and tooth decay can thrive, which may even result in chronic bad breath.

There are many different factors that can ultimately lead to dry mouth. For example, some medications can actually lead to dry mouth, and different medications can cause a lack of saliva production. Smoking and dehydration can also cause dry mouth.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to recognize chronic dry mouth. For instance, if you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel thirsty, or feel like your lips are dry. You may also feel sores form in your mouth, or have a dry throat, red tongue, bad breath, and trouble swallowing. If you notice any of these issues, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible—though you may also consider visiting a doctor.

Luckily, there are a number of things you can do about dry mouth—though the selection you’ll need will depend on the cause of the problem. If your issue is caused because your salivary glands aren’t working, certain medications may help. However, if you choose medications, we recommend speaking with your dentist and doctor. Our dentist could also recommend artificial saliva to keep your mouth wet.

If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our dentist, Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley will gladly answer any questions you may have and examine the condition of your mouth. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Bright Smiles Dental at 407-628-1066. We are happy to help you with all of your oral healthcare needs!