Many residents in our Pearland 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 issue. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to problems with oral health in Pearland.
Saliva to the Rescue
Your saliva plays a vital 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 complete this task your body may not be getting vital nutrients needed to maintain oral health in Pearland.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Pearland residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps to counteract those acids in our mouths.
Causes of Dry Mouth
At Montz and Maher Dental Group we recommend that our patients cut back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea to improve their oral health in Pearland. 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 your dentist today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older.
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