Your saliva plays an important role in the health and function of your mouth. While acute dehydration from something like a day out in the sun can cause you mouth to feel dry, it can usually be easily remedied. However, chronic dry mouth can promote bacterial growth in your mouth fostering your chances of develop several different oral health problems.
Your natural saliva production is designed to help wash away stray food particles and loosen plaque. When it occurs at a decreased level, you have an increased risk of suffering tooth decay and gum disease problems.
If you’ve been struggling with chronic dry mouth problems, yet you’re unsure of the source, call 425-697-3907 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Szilard Zombor’s dental office here in Lynnwood, Washington. There are several different things that cause or contribute to chronic dry mouth problems. Finding the underlying source can help correct the problem, while also maintaining your oral health.
Some prescription medications may cause decreased saliva production as one of their side effects. While you will need to continue taking the medication, you might want to consult with your primary physician to see if there are methods for maintaining adequate moisture in your mouth. This might be as simple as periodically sipping on water throughout the day or a prescription for saliva substitutes.
Chronic dehydration can also lead to chronic dry mouth problems. This is even more likely to be the case if you consume alcohol on a frequent basis, or tobacco use has impeded the health of your saliva glands.
There are certain medical conditions affecting the kidneys, liver or blood health that can also cause reduced saliva production. It’s also worth noting that oral and pharyngeal cancer can also cause dry mouth issues.
If you live in the Lynnwood, Washington area and you have been struggling with chronic dry mouth or related oral health conditions, you should call 425-697-3907 to set up a consultation appointment at Dr. Szilard Zombor’s dental office. We are happy to attend to your dental needs and giving you your best smile.