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My Mouth Is Dry. What Can I Do?

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), anyone can experience xerostomia — more commonly known as, dry mouth. However, if you’re experiencing persistent dry mouth, you may have a problem with your saliva production, which can lead to serious health issues.

Saliva helps…
-your body digest food.
-protect your teeth from decay.
-prevent infection by controlling bacteria in your mouth.
-you chew and swallow.

Dry mouth…
-occurs when the salivary glands in your mouth aren’t working properly.
-can increase your chance of developing tooth decay and other mouth infections.
-can lead to bad breath (halitosis).

Symptoms include…
-A sticky, dry feeling in your mouth or throat.
-Difficulties tasting, chewing, swallowing, and speaking.
-A dry, rough tongue.
-Cracked lips.

To help…
-Drink plenty of water.
-Eat water-rich foods (watermelon, cucumbers, and peaches).
-Use a humidifier.
-Try a saliva substitute: A saliva substitute replaces your natural saliva with an artificial option. Saliva substitutes are available as a spray, gel, and in lozenges.
-Try a saliva stimulant: A saliva stimulant increases the natural production of saliva in your mouth. According to the ADA, the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow is by chewing sugar-free gum during the day.

 
Maintaining proper oral hygiene (even while wearing braces) is a very important step in preventing dry mouth. Please contact us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Harvey and our caring, compassionate team. From traditional to cutting-edge braces options, Summit Family Orthodontics can help make your transition an easy one. We are conveniently located in Littleton, CO, but our doctors proudly also serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Southglenn, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Columbine, and beyond.

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