As you age you will see a reduction in the amount of saliva your mouth produces. Saliva is used to help when you are eating as well as to prevent bacteria building up in your mouth. Aging in hand with many of the medications you might be prescribed combine to increase the risks of dry mouth. Unfortunately, the increase of bacteria that can build with dry mouth can increase your chances of suffering from dental issues.
The effects of dry mouth
Dry mouth can lead to many unpleasant conditions including the discomfort caused by difficulty swallowing and more serious issues such as yeast infections, bad breath and tooth decay. When your mouth is not producing adequate amounts of saliva it can irritate your gums as well as allow bacteria to build up in your mouth and on your gums. This increases the chances of you developing tooth decay leading to cavities as well as periodontal disease.
Causes of dry mouth
There are many medications that can produce dry mouth including:
- Pain killers
If you are experiencing dry mouth and are taking new medications read the side effects and mention dry mouth to your doctor. Considering there are over 400 medications that cause dry mouth it is important to rule this out as the cause. Dry mouth can also result from radiation treatments, salivary disease, glandular diseases, autoimmune diseases and diabetes.
Relief from dry mouth
Sipping water, chewing sugarless gum and using alcohol free oral rinses can help ease the discomfort of dry mouth. It is important to visit your Stoney Creek dentist to discuss dry mouth so they can advise you on ways to avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease. They can also monitor your oral health for signs of decay and disease. You should also maintain a rigorous oral health regime including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing to keep your mouth free of bacteria.
If you are suffering from dry mouth Lakeside Dental in Stoney Creek can provide the care and attention you need to avoid further complications. You can call 905-664-0808 to set up an appointment today. New patients are always welcome.
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