Many residents in our community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to acute health problems.
People should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a key role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to carry out this task your body may not be getting essential nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Lansdale residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.
We are Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black and we at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry have been treating xerostomia since 1989. We recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. We also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.
Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older. 215-368-1424
Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry? I invite you to come visit my practice at 410 N Broad St in Lansdale. My calm and comfortable team at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover.
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