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Do you suffer from a dry mouth?

Saliva plays an important role in keeping your mouth healthy.  Saliva prevents tooth decay by neutralising acids produced by bacteria as well as limiting bacterial growth by washing away food particles.   Saliva also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to chew and swallow.  In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion. 

When you don’t make enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable.  A dry mouth can have a major impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

 

Signs and symptoms of a dry mouth:

  • Dryness or stickiness in your mouth

  • Stringy or thick saliva

  • Bad breath

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

  • Dry or sore throat

  • Problems wearing dentures

Complication from not producing enough saliva:

  • Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease

  • Mouth ulcers

  • Oral thrush

  • Cracked lips or sores or splits in the corners of your mouth

Common reason why you might have reduced saliva:

  • Medications

  • Ageing

  • Cancer treatments

  • Health conditions

  • Dehydration

  • Tobacco and alcohol use

  • Recreational drug use

You should see your dentist if you have an unusually dry mouth.  The best form of treatment is to eliminate the cause however this is not always possible.

 

Symptoms of a dry mouth can be relieved by:

  • Using over the counter preparations for dry mouth

  • Chewing sugar free gum or suck sugar free lollies

  • Sipping water regularly

  • Limiting caffeine and stopping tobacco use

  • Avoiding mouthwashes that contain alcohol

  • Breathing through your nose

 

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