Did you know that you have a built-in cavity fighter in your mouth? Believe it or not, it’s saliva. Saliva is the primary way that your body cleanses your mouth of the bacteria that causes cavities. Not only does it clean the mouth, it also neutralizes the acids that cause tooth decay and helps get rid of food debris left over in your mouth.
Some of the symptoms of dry mouth include a dry or sticky feeling, problems with chewing or swallowing, cracked lips, irritated gums and cold sores. Dry mouth can also put you at risk for cavities and gum disease.
Dry mouth can be brought on by any number of things. Age is a primary factor, as well as some medications, and some cancer treatments. Smoking and drug abuse can also contribute to dry mouth.
If you are experiencing dry mouth, it’s extremely important that you address the problem right away. You can start by making an appointment to see Dr. Bradley Bath at Cross Pointe Dental in Evansville, Indiana, by calling 812-476-6064. The doctor will be able to diagnose the cause, and suggest some treatments. Those treatments may include prescription or over-the-counter medications, or even the use of artificial saliva. The dentist might talk with your physician about changing a prescription or suggest a change in your lifestyle. Your diet may also be part of the problem, so you will want to discuss that with the dentist.
You can also drink more water, and use sugarless gum and candy to stimulate the production of saliva. Cutting out tobacco and reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake will also help.
If you are experiencing dry mouth, or it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, contact Dr. Bath’s office today.