While it may not seem like a big deal, chronic dry mouth can lead to several oral health problems, like halitosis (bad breathe) and even gum disease and tooth decay. This is because, believe it or not, your saliva plays a very important role in your oral health. It is your saliva that washes away food debris, preventing bacteria and plaque from building up on your teeth. The absence of saliva caused by dry mouth leaves your mouth vulnerable.
Treating & Managing your Chronic Dry Mouth
1) Preventing Tooth Decay with Good Oral Hygiene
If you suffer from dry mouth, it is important to be extra diligent when it comes to your everyday oral hygiene, including:
- Brushing: You should brush at least twice a day as a minimum. If you have dry mouth, you should try and brush after every meal to help remove leftover food debris.
- Flossing: You should floss at least once a day to help remove food particles stuck between the teeth, particles that brushing cannot reach.
- Fluoride: Use a toothpaste containing fluoride for extra protection.
- Regular Dental Visits: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible.
2) Managing Dry Mouth
So you are taking extra care when it comes to your oral health. Now it is time to try and manage your dry mouth. Try the following:
- More Water: To help keep your mouth moist, drink more water than normal.
- Try Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate saliva production.
- Eat Moist Foods: Avoid dry foods. Instead, try moist foods, like soups or food that contains sauces, creams, gravy, and the like.
- Avoid Mouthwash: Most commercial mouthwashes contain peroxide or alcohol, both of which dry out the mouth.
- Avoid Salt: Salty foods will further dry out your mouth. Steer clear.
- Stay away from Alcohol & Caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine dry out the mouth.
Consult your dentist for further tips to help you deal with your chronic dry mouth.
If you have any questions about Dry Mouth, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
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Source: Treatment for Dry Mouth WebMD