Did you know that your spit plays an important role in the health of your teeth and your overall health? It does.
Your saliva, aka spit, helps you digest your food, and it’s antibacterial properties protect your teeth from tooth decay. How? Your saliva flushes away food remnants and other debris that remain in your mouth that build the bacteria, and it also helps neutralize the acids produced from these bacteria. Not only does your saliva fight off cavities, it contains calcium + phosphate which remineralize your teeth. This strengthens your tooth’s enamel, making it less susceptible to breaks and erosion. But what happens when you have dry mouth?
Saliva works hard to keep your mouth clean. In fact, when it’s flowing properly, the average person produces about 24 ounces of it every day. Unfortunately, many of us suffer from a saliva drought called “Dry Mouth”, also referred to as Xerostomia in the dental field. About 30% of Americans have chronic dry mouth, a condition where you can’t produce the proper amount of saliva to protect the health of their teeth.
So, what kinds of dental issues does dry mouth cause? When chronic dry mouth gets in the way of letting your saliva do its job bad things can happen to your oral health.
Most of us have experienced dry mouth at some point. Anxiety and stress can trigger it, but there are many other factors that can diminish your saliva flow and lead to having on-going dry mouth. When you have chronic dry mouth, it’s a nuisance for your comfort, and your teeth. Here are some common causes of dry mouth.
Are you having on-going dry mouth issues? Please let us know. Dr. Gilbert can help diagnose the cause of your dry mouth and develop a plan to help you boost your saliva flow. It may take a combination of prescribing gels, or rinses, treatments, more diligent oral hygiene and a few tips to reduce your dry mouth symptoms.
Suffering from chronic dry mouth is not fun. It disrupts your life, and leads to long-term dental or health issues. Living with dry mouth doesn’t need to be a way of life. We can help reduce the symptoms and protect your teeth. Please call us at (425) 957-4700 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.