Speak up about your dry mouth

Whether you’ve only recently noticed you have it or you’ve suffered with it for a long time, dry mouth isn’t something you should ignore. Of course, most everyone has occasionally experienced that feeling of unusual dryness in our mouths, especially while we’re sleeping.

dentist in martinsburg & hedgesville wvHere are just a few of the causes of dry mouth:
• Dehydration
• A stuffy nose from a cold (or anything that causes you to breathe through your mouth)
• Snoring
• Certain medications (The American Dental Association estimates there are more than 500 types of drugs that can cause mouth dryness)
• Certain medical conditions and treatments
• Alcohol
• Smoking
• Certain foods and food additives
• Dental work
• Natural decrease of saliva production when there’s no food to digest (such as when you’re sleeping)
• Aging

With a list of causes that long, it might seem like dry mouth is unavoidable – uncomfortable, but nothing serious. But dry mouth happens because you’re not producing enough saliva, an important substance that protects your teeth and gums and even sense of taste.

A small annoyance that could cause big damage
If you’re suffering from dry mouth, for any reason, make an appointment with your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. Call today: (304) 754-8803. Because what may seem like a little problem can actually have a big impact on your oral health. If your mouth is always dry, it can lead to bacterial growth and an increased risk of cavities and infections. Lack of saliva can also make it difficult for you to swallow. We can come up with a solution that can help improve your saliva production and prevent the negative side effects that are the result of dry mouth.

Saliva is nothing to spit at, it helps you:
• Digest and swallow food
• Avoid infection by keeping your mouth clean
• Avoid cavities by preventing bacterial growth in your mouth

Some recommendations in the mean time
First, make sure you always drink plenty of water. You can also encourage more saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free mints with xylitol, and using special mouthwash designed to treat dry mouth.

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