Saliva is the main protective element for keeping your mouth safe against bacteria in the mouth. The proteins in your saliva protect your teeth by keeping them hard and helps repair wounds in the mouth. They kill bacteria and even some viruses, so it is safe to say not everyone
Saliva also acts as a lubricant and the lack thereof causes teeth to stick to the cheeks, which then makes it hard for people with this condition to speak or eat. When saliva runs short, it will become increasingly difficult to keep your teeth clean due to plaque build-up and the way food will stick to your teeth. This will thereby increase the chances of decay and is in fact the number one reason why people with Dry Mouth Syndrome get rampant decay.
Dry Mouth Syndrome can also be the result of taking certain medications. With over 400 types of drugs that can cause oral dryness, medications as simple as antihistamines, anti-depressants, antipsychotics, or even anti-Parkinsonian drugs are just a few of the kind that do not damage the structure of the salivary glands, but rather, inhibit the production of it.
Some easy to spot signs of this troubling condition include the following:
drinking large quantities of water without relieving the dry mouth of dryness
increase in decay, an inability to wear dentures any longer than necessary
difficulty in the chewing and swallowing food
loss of taste (especially in detecting differences between bitter and sweet)
Frequent mouth ulcers.
saliva washes your mouth, and without it washing your mouth, you get decay. Other problems in addition to decay will also begin to form such that you will no longer be able to taste your food. If such an event arises, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Accordingly, there are three simple and easily identifiable stages of treatment that can best remedy this problem for many patients.
seek a professional opinion in the form of a dental consultation about preventative dental care. S
look into dietary counseling if possible.
moisture replacement with artificial saliva can be more beneficial to your health than nothing at all.
If you still have questions or concerns about your specific conditions, feel free to call our office and set up an appointment. We will gladly asses your specific combination of unique circumstances.
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