At some point, nearly everyone will experience dry mouth. But there are many people who suffer from chronic dry mouth, a condition known as xeorostomia. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription medications. Long term dry mouth can contribute to a number of dental problems including dental cavities and gum disease.
The Importance of Saliva
Saliva serves a very important role in dental health:
- Strengthens tooth enamel
- Delivers important minerals
- Washes away food and plaque
- Neutralizes acid and bacteria
- Helps to keep breath fresh
Treatment for Dry Mouth
Depending on your specific condition, Dr. Hoffert can offer several treatments for dry mouth. There may be things that you can do to increase saliva production such as drinking more water, chewing sugarless gum, and avoiding certain food and drinks.
In addition, Dr. Hoffert can recommend special rinses, fluoride gels and other products or prescriptions to increase saliva.