How Dry Mouth Can Result in Dental Damage
By Dr. Kaffey on November 30, 2016
Comprehensive general dentistry treatment means looking at a patient's teeth, gums, jaw joint, and other parts of the mouth and then offering proper care as needed. By taking a holistic approach to dentistry, we can help ensure total wellness. Even small problems are worth discussing, whether it be a cold sore or persistent dry mouth,
Since many people take dry mouth for granted, we want to go over some of the dangers associated with dry mouth. You might be surprised to learn how something so small may be the sign of a serious problem.
What Is Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth refers to instances in which a person does not have sufficient saliva. This can lead to a number of different problems, and it could also be the first sign of a major dental health problem.
Occasional dry mouth is normal and everyone experiences it from time to time, but chronic and persistent dry mouth needs to be taken seriously.
Common Causes of Dry Mouth
Some of the most common causes of dry mouth include the following:
- Blocked salivary glands
- Advanced age
- Side effect from prescription drugs
- Side effects of illegal drugs/narcotics
- Various medical conditions
- Use of tobacco products
- Nerve damage
Combinations of these different causes are not uncommon.
Dry Mouth as a Daily Annoyance Could Cause Major Issues
If dry mouth is a daily problem, it can be the cause of a number of annoying issues, such as bad breath, difficult eating, and difficulty speaking. Again, when dry mouth is occasional, a glass of water is typically all you need to address the situation. Yet with recurring dry mouth, you need to consider the damage affecting your teeth and gums.
Lack of Saliva Can Weaken Your Teeth
First of all, saliva is crucial for the strength and condition of the teeth. Saliva helps remineralize the teeth, strengthening the enamel. Without saliva, your teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and acidic erosion. Chips, cracks, and fractures of the teeth become far more likely.
Dry Mouth Exacerbates Gum Disease
In addition to making tooth decay and acidic erosion worse, dry mouth can also make gum disease even worse. Dry mouth gives oral bacteria an ideal condition in which to thrive, meaning that periodonal disease can progress faster when a person suffer from dry mouth.
Dry Mouth May Be the Symptom of a Serious Problem
In addition to the above, dry mouth might be the first signs of a major health problem. Oral cancers will often start with sensations of pain accompanied by persistent dry mouth. If you have experienced dental pain as well as dry mouth, be sure to speak with your doctor or a dentist as soon as possible for early diagnosis and treatment.
Discuss Dry Mouth with Your Dentist
There's no need to wait until your next regular checkups to discuss a dental health concern. If you are worried about chronic dry mouth, feel free to discuss those matters with us. We will run tests and use the latest diagnostic technology to determine what issue you're facing. We will then develop a treatment plan and that addresses your dental health and general health needs. We are here for you.
Contact an Experienced Dentist
For more information about dry mouth and how it can have a negative impact on your smile and overall dental health, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. We will work with you to enhance your overall dental wellness.
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