Causes and Dangers of Dry Mouth
By J. Brent Gorrell on December 21, 2011
There are many different dental problems that people may face. Some of these dental problems involve major problems involving the teeth and the gums. Other may involve the joint and muscle structure of the gums. One important dental problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible is dry mouth. If you are experiencing chronic dry mouth, you need to meet with a Mountain View cosmetic dentist as soon as possible.
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth is a condition in which the mouth is dry for long stretches of time. Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth can affect people periodically due to anxiety and stress. What’s more of our concern is dry mouth that is persistent and chronic. In those cases, scheduling an appointment at our cosmetic dentistry practice in Mountain View is very important.
Why is dry mouth such a serious dental problem?
When the mouth is dry for long periods of time, the teeth do not get remineralized by saliva, making them more susceptible to tooth decay. The pH balance within the mouth is thrown off as well, making tooth erosion more likely. Bad breath and gum disease are more severe when a person has dry mouth.
Causes of Dry Mouth
Stress, dehydration, and certain medications can cause dry mouth periodically. In addition to this, dry mouth can be caused by blockages of the salivary glands and non-functioning salivary glands. The latter may be caused by advanced age and other health conditions.
Dangers of Dry Mouth
If dry mouth is left untreated and tooth decay progresses, your teeth can become severely brittle and weakened. This can affect your bite strength severely, making it difficult to eat certain foods. In some cases, you may need to have dental crowns placed. Similarly, gum disease can progress rapidly, leading to major problems with your gums as well as your teeth and the other structures in your mouth.
Treatments for Dry Mouth
There are numerous treatments for dry mouth available. For the dental damage, gum damage, and aesthetic issues caused by dry mouth, there are numerous cosmetic and restorative treatments to consider. Mountain View porcelain veneers, periodontal treatment, and other procedures can restore the health and appearance of your smile.
For addressing the dry mouth itself, there are various options to consider. For one, you may asked to suck on sour sugar-free candies to help clear blockages in the salivary glands. There are additional therapies that may be able to cause more salivary gland activity. In order to keep the mouth moist, it’s best to consider staying well hydrated. There are artificial saliva products as well to keep in mind. These sprays, lozenges, and gels can help keep your mouth moist and help prevent the various dental problems associated with dry mouth.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments
If you would like to learn more about dry mouth and how it can be treated, be sure to contact our Mountain View cosmetic dentistry practice today. The entire team here looks forward to your visit.
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