Dry mouth is a condition that occurs when your saliva glands don’t produce enough saliva to help protect your mouth. Dry mouth can be chronic or come and go, but regardless of how you handle it, not taking care of dry mouth can have a negative impact on your oral health.
What does it hurt?
While dry mouth is obviously an issue when it comes to irritation, it also has some negative effects on your overall oral health.
A dry mouth means that your soft tissues are more susceptible to irritation, which leads to inflammation and infection. Additionally, saliva plays a very important role in protecting your teeth from decay. Without enough saliva, you become more prone to tooth decay and even gum disease.
Can it be treated?
Dry mouth can be treated. It’s caused by a few things, such as certain medications or a lack of proper function from your salivary glands.
Depending on what the cause of your dry mouth is, Dr. Glen Lockwood will either recommend different medication (that doesn’t have dry mouth as a side effect) or give you prescription medication that stimulates saliva production.
If you have dry mouth, you don’t need to suffer with it any longer. Give the team here at Kenai Dental Clinic a call at 907-885-0444 to schedule an appointment to get your dry mouth under control.