Sometimes if we’re dehydrated or have a case of the nerves, we’ll experience a short case of dry mouth, and this is definitely okay. However, if you find yourself constantly dealing with having a dry and parched-feeling mouth, it’s time to talk to your dentist. There are multiple causes for dry mouth, so determining the root of the cause is important and very helpful for your treatment plan.
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We have these glands in our mouth, located around the mouth and the throat, that are called salivary glands, and they do a lot for us. These glands, as you probably have guessed, are responsible for making saliva for our mouth. You might be wondering – “why is saliva so important?” and the answer to that is saliva is extremely important for our protection! It’s a powerhouse that contributes so many helpful things to our mouths, such as:
You can probably see how having a reduction in saliva due to dry mouth could cause some discomfort and overall health issues after seeing all these amazing benefits from saliva!
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If you’re uncertain if you’re experiencing dry mouth, look for these symptoms and give us a call for any questions:
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Causes of dry mouth include:
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There are simple measures you can try to help keep your mouth moist. For example, it may help to:
Dry mouth can have an impact on our entire body, since our saliva glands can’t do all that they can to protect us from harmful bacteria and other issues. In fact, dry mouth can cause itchy eyes, coughing, dry throat, constipation, a reduced sense of smell, joint pain, unexplained weight loss, and more!
When our mouth is dry, bacteria can run amok and wreak havoc on our oral health. This is when decay can become a problem, so it’s important to keep up with your oral health routine and see your dentist often for dental checkups. When decay is left untreated, you could be dealing with tooth loss and gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to other overall health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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To help with dry mouth, first talk to your dentist and your doctor. You can also increase your water intake, try sugar-free gum, and avoid caffeine and alcohol to reduce symptoms.
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Now that you know more about dry mouth and oral health, you realize why Dental Health is Important to Your Overall Health. So many times Dentists are the ones that are able to diagnose disease before you notice any symptoms. The Team at Adams Dental Group wants YOU and your family to get the best oral care possible, so you and your family can be healthy and happy!
Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Travis A. Roberts, DDS June 8th, 2021
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