Dry mouth is a condition that can cause complications for your oral health if left untreated. Let’s take a look today at what exactly dry mouth causes and how it can be treated.
What does it hurt?
While dry mouth is obviously an issue when it comes to irritation, it also has some negative effects on your overall oral health.
A dry mouth means that your soft tissues are more susceptible to irritation, which leads to inflammation and infection. Additionally, saliva plays a very important role in protecting your teeth from decay. Without enough saliva, you become more prone to tooth decay and even gum disease.
Can it be treated?
Dry mouth can be treated. It’s caused by a few things, such as certain medications or a lack of proper function from your salivary glands.
Depending on what the cause of your dry mouth is, Dr. Barron will either recommend different medication (that doesn’t have dry mouth as a side effect) or give you prescription medication that stimulates saliva production.
If you have dry mouth, you should seek treatment as soon as possible in order to minimize any potential negative effects no your oral health. It’ll also make life far more enjoyable to not constantly be trying to drink water to eliminate that dry feeling.