Many people experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations, or when they are under stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems. If this sounds familiar, tell us at your next appointment at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville.
Your saliva plays an important role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to perform this task your body may not be getting vital nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many foods are very acidic, and saliva helps to counteract those acids in our mouths.
For our patients with dray mouth, the first thing we suggest is cutting back on caffeine. That means drinks like cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth.We also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Certain medications also have dry mouth as a side effect. Consult your physician to see if any prescription drugs are the cause.
At Freedom Village Dental we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate any busy schedule. Make an appointment today!
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