The Dangers of Dry Mouth

If you suffer from dry mouth, it’s important to understand the dangers this condition poses to your oral health. If you have already experienced damage from dry mouth, restorative dentistry treatments can reverse damage and restore the appearance of your smile. Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford offers this overview to help you understand the dangers of dry mouth and how you protect your smile.

 

Dry Mouth Causes and Symptoms

Dry mouth is a condition in which inadequate saliva is produced and it can occur for a number of reasons. For some, dry mouth is temporary, caused by dehydration, while for others it may be a chronic condition. The cause of chronic dry mouth can be a result of medication, tobacco use, or damaged salivary glands. Some of the possible causes of dry mouth include:

The symptoms of dry mouth vary from mild to severe. Some dry mouth sufferers find symptoms to be mildly irritating while others may experience painful symptoms like cracked lips and split corners of the mouth. Some common symptoms of dry mouth include:

The Dangers of Dry Mouth

If untreated, dry mouth can lead to many oral health problems. Without adequate saliva, the mouth is left vulnerable to decay, tooth discoloration, infection, and many other issues. Saliva is important to oral health as it helps neutralize acids within the mouth and washes away plaque and foods particles. Some of the dangers of dry mouth include:

Tips For Relieving Dry Mouth

Treating dry mouth begins with determining the cause, which can be determined by your dentist or general physician. Despite the cause, many of the symptoms of dry mouth can be relieved with these tips:

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