Saliva is the unsung hero of dental protection: whenever you’re eating, drinking, sleeping or doing anything in between, saliva is hard at work washing plaque off your teeth and neutralizing acid from food. A chronic lack of saliva (xerostomia) leaves your teeth exposed to the acids and sugars that pass through your mouth. This condition is also known as dry mouth.
It’s easy to know when you suffer from dry mouth: you experience a constant sensation of dryness and may also feel sores and cracked skin in the corners of your mouth, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, a burning tongue, thick saliva, increased plaque and tooth decay. The presence of dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, it’s highly detrimental to your dental health.
Dry mouth is a common side effect of medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, high blood pressure regulators and muscle relaxants. If you suspect your dry mouth is linked to your medication, speak with your dentist about having your prescription altered. Possible solutions to enamel loss brought on by dry mouth are:
– fluoride treatments
– chewing sugar-free gum that contains xylitol or Recaldent
For more information on the dangers of dry mouth and possible treatment, contact Dr. Nancy Urquiola at 734-973-7450 to schedule an appointment. You can find us at Urquiola Dental Center PC in Ann Arbor, Michigan.