The natural saliva production in your mouth plays a very important role in several oral functions. This includes lubricating your mouth while speaking and breathing. It also helps to soften food during the process of chewing, and grinding, before safely swallowing.
Decreased saliva production caused by something other than short term dehydration can be a serious problem as saliva also helps wash away food particles, sugar residue, and plaque that lingers in your mouth. If the dry mouth problem persists it could increase your chances of hardened tartar buildup at the gumline and the chronic presence of plaque acids in your mouth.
Without remediation these serious complications can increase your chances of suffering from gum disease and contribute to cavities developing on multiple teeth.
It’s important to note that some prescription medications can decrease saliva production as a general side effect. While you will need to continue taking the medication you might be able to maintain adequate moisture in your mouth by periodically sipping on water or chewing on a gum that’s been approved by the American Dental Association.
There are also some medical conditions that can also cause reduced saliva production. This could include a problem with your kidneys, liver, or blood health. It’s also worth noting that early symptoms of oral and pharyngeal cancer can also contribute to reduced saliva production.
If you live in the Bellaire, Texas, area and you have been struggling with persistent dry mouth problems, you should call (713) 667-8080 to set up an appointment with one of the oral care professionals at Madden Dental.