Many residents in our Richardson community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious issue. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, but it can also lead to extreme health problems. If you experience it, talk to us at The Richardson Dentist.
Your saliva plays a critical role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to complete this task your body may not be getting important nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Richardson residents don’t realize that some of the foods we eat are very acidic, and our saliva helps to counteract those acids in our mouths.
One of the things we recommend is cutting back on caffeine, which is in drinks like cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, but the caffeine can also contribute to dry mouth. We also recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.
The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX can address every aspect of your dental health, not just your teeth! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.
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