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Chronic Dry Mouth Can Promote Oral Health Problems

Saliva plays a variety of important roles in your mouth. These include lubricating food when eating and moistening your mouth when speaking and breathing. After you are done with a snack or a meal, your mouth continues to produce saliva to help wash away food particles that linger in your mouth after a snack or a meal.

If your natural saliva production is impeded, plaque, food particles and other bacterial deposits can build up in your mouth. This can lead to a significant increase in acid, as well as the developed of hardened tartar at the gumline. Chronic problems with dry mouth can lead to an increased risk of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

To help address these problems before they worsen, you should have a case of chronic dry mouth diagnosed by our dentist Dr. Hetal Rana. Some medications can reduce saliva production as a side effect. While you will need to continue taking a prescription medication you might want to talk with your primary physician to see if there are methods for maintaining moisture in your mouth. It’s also worth noting that certain medical conditions can affect your saliva production.

After assessing the nature and severity of your chronic dry mouth problem, the dentist can help you understand your treatment options. If necessary, she might refer you to a specialist physician if she suspects that your dry mouth is due to an active medical problem.

If you live in the Roseville, California, area and you have been struggling to deal with chronic dry mouth problems, you should call 916-774-4499 to set up an appointment at Blue Hill Dental.

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