If you have a chalky feeling in your mouth on a regular basis, then there is a good chance you suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that can be very dangerous for the teeth. As it’s said by its name, dry mouth involves a decrease in saliva production, leaving the mouth yearning for water. This is a problem for the teeth because saliva frequently washes bacteria and harmful particles away from the mouth, saving them from dental issues. Without saliva, there is an increased chance of suffering cavities.
The causes of dry mouth usually include lifestyle choices (like not drinking enough water, exercising intensively, smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs), natural changes in the body (like hormonal changes and age), and health issues (like asthma, type 2 diabetes, and eating disorders).
To relieve dry mouth, there are certain things you need to do. You need to drink more water throughout the day. You also need to keep up on oral hygiene and visit your dentist, Dr. Stan Scalf, regularly. You need to avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, and smoking. You also need to eat regular meals and avoid eating overly salty foods. If necessary, you can also use artificial saliva that is available at your local pharmacy.
To learn more about dry mouth in Georgetown, Kentucky, please reach out to Stan Scalf DMD by dialing 502-863-9340. When you contact our office, our dental team will be more than happy to give you the information you’re looking for. We look forward to teaching you more!