Chronic Dry Mouth Problems Can Contribute to Cavity Developments

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Your natural saliva production plays a myriad of roles in your basic oral function. When eating it helps to lubricate your mouth while moving the food material from front to back. This also aids with swallowing.

Even when you’re not eating, your saliva still plays an important role in helping you speak easily and providing general lubrication to soft oral tissues. It also helps to wash away loose food particles and plaque in your mouth to reduce the overall load of oral bacteria.

Unfortunately, there are a few things that can reduce your saliva production. If this happens on a regular basis, the increasing bacterial population in your mouth can increase plaque acids, which can increase your chances of suffering cavities on multiple sources.

Sometimes a new prescription medication can reduce saliva production. While you will need to continue taking the medication you might want to talk with your primary physician to see if there are methods for maintaining moisture in your mouth.

Something as simple as periodically sipping on water throughout the day or using prescription for saliva substitutes, could easily remedy the problem.

It’s also worth noting that some medical conditions affecting the kidneys, liver or blood that can also cause reduced saliva production. It’s also worth noting that oral and pharyngeal cancer can also cause dry mouth issues.

If you live in the Bristol, Connecticut, area and you have been struggling with an oral health issues you should call 860-582-4485 to set up a consultation with Dr. Sherif Gabr and the staff specialists at Modern Dentistry of New England.