What Are You Grateful For?
We hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends.This is also a time of year to think about what we are grateful for, and good health is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, we can often take it for granted, which causes minor issues to lead to major health problems. One such issue that we see get out of hand in some patients is something you wouldn’t expect. Would you like to learn more so you can prevent it?
Have you ever experienced dry mouth? It occurs when there is a decrease in saliva. There are certain medications, health conditions and lifestyle choices that can cause a decrease in saliva. The following is a list of factors that can cause this condition:
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Alcohol consumption
- Hormonal changes after menopause
- Certain prescription drugs and medical treatments
- Inhaler use
- Eating disorders
The problem with dry mouth is that it can cause dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease because saliva isn’t present to wash away harmful bacteria.
Stop Dry Mouth
It’s important to treat dry mouth rather than ignore it as it can turn into a bigger problem. Follow these guidelines to restore a healthy mouth and protect your dental health:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Practice good dental hygiene, brush and floss daily
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking
- Choose healthy foods that are low in salt
- Maintain regular dental checkups
If you have questions about dry mouth or other dental health concerns, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Your health is our priority, now and throughout the entire year.