Does Dry Mouth Lead to Poor Oral Health?

Yes, dry mouth can be uncomfortable and even lead to bad breath, but is it really bad for your oral health? It is. Dry mouth can lead to a number of oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and infections. Don’t worry! In this blog we will explain how you can prevent dry mouth and how Dr. Singla and his team at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas can help you improve your oral health.

What is Dry Mouth?

The uncomfortable dry, raw feeling in your mouth and throat is most likely dry mouth. This can lead to common symptoms like bad breath, excessive thirst, burning tongue, hoarse voice, and sores or cracked skin in the lips and mouth. There are a number of reasons why this may happen, but in general, if dry mouth is caused by too little saliva in the mouth which can pave the way for bacteria to accumulate and cause tooth decay, gum disease, or infection. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call Dr. Singla and his team at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas to learn how we can help.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

As stated above, the main culprit of dry mouth is a lack of saliva to wash away bacteria on your teeth and gums. Dry mouth can be a side effect of medications, medical treatments, and some diseases. It can also occur because of dehydration, lifestyle, tobacco products, and breathing with your mouth open. In some cases, you can prevent dry mouth by reducing your risk factors. For example, staying hydrated or quitting tobacco products. In other cases, Dr. Singla and his team can give you the tools to prevent dry mouth from side effects of medications, medical treatments, and some diseases.

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How Can I Prevent Dry Mouth?

There are a number of ways you and Dr. Singla can work together to prevent dry mouth. First, you can try some simple at home remedies such as chewing sugar-free gum, staying hydrated, quitting tobacco products, breath with your nose instead of an open mouth, use fluoride in your toothpaste and rinse, or use a vaporizer at home. You can also purchase an over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute. If these treatments produce the results you want, Dr. Singla can prescribe a prescription oral rinse or medication to increase saliva production. Once you start to produce more saliva, then your mouth will be able to break-up the bacteria on your teeth, therefore, preventing future concerns such as tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. Lastly, don’t forget to maintain a good oral health routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing once per day, and visiting Dr. Singla and his team biyearly is the best way to improve your oral health.

Dry mouth can be an uncomfortable experience and can lead to serious oral health concerns. If you have one or more or the symptoms above, contact Dr. Singla and his team at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas to find out how you can prevent dry mouth and future oral health concerns. For more information, contact the Singla Dental team at (972)-498-4677, today!