Dry mouth might not seem like anything more than just a slight discomfort. However, the truth is dry mouth can cause serious problems such as cavities and infection. At Optima Dental, Dr. Houenou can help prevent dry mouth from causing serious complications to your smile, ensuring your teeth remain strong and healthy.
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition where your body doesn’t produce enough saliva. Saliva is important because it helps wash away food debris, prevent bacteria and infection, and keep your mouth clean. When you suffer from xerostomia, your oral health becomes vulnerable to complications.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
One of the biggest contributors to xerostomia is a change in the medications you are taking. Many medications list dry mouth as a side effect. Different medical conditions, chemotherapy, radiation, autoimmune diseases and dehydration can also cause your body to not produce as much saliva as it should. Xerostomia is also more common a night due to a lower food intake which causes your body to produce less saliva.
Treating Dry Mouth
Dr. Houenou might recommend a variety of different changes to your lifestyle to help relieve your dry mouth and help prevent the condition from causing cavities or infection. Some of the tips include:
- Chewing sugar-free gum
- Limiting caffeine intake
- Avoiding mouthwashes with alcohol
- Quitting smoking
- Drinking water
- Using a humidifier at night
In some cases, an adjustment to your medication may be necessary to help treat your xerostomia. Dr. Houenou may suggest talking to your doctor to help prevent a lack of saliva production from causing cavities and infection and damaging your smile.
Contact Optima Dental Today
Don’t ignore your xerostomia, as it can cause damage to your smile. Dr. Houenou is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to his patients, making sure your smile is strong and healthy for years to come. Contact us today and let us help keep your teeth looking and feel the best.