Does your mouth ever feel dry or parched? Dry mouth may seem at first like a trivial issue, but in fact, dry mouth can increase the risk of serious dental health issues. Not to mention, dry mouth can make communication difficult and lead to quite a bit of discomfort. Cerritos oral surgeon, Dr. Shawn Hofkes, explains the causes of dry mouth and what you can do to ease the issue.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth can be the result of a number of different factors, including:
- The use of certain medications
- The side-effects of diseases
- The result of infections
- Nerve damage
- Certain medical treatments
- Smoking and tobacco use
How do you know if you have dry mouth? Symptoms include bad breath, hoarseness, difficulty speaking or swallowing, and redness or rawness in the mouth or throat. If you think you may suffer from dry mouth, then see your dentist for a diagnosis right away.
The Dental Health Risks of Dry Mouth
How does dry mouth endanger your smile? Well, our saliva acts a natural cleanser, helping to remove harmful bacteria and stray food particles from your teeth. Otherwise, bacteria can break down food particles, increasing oral acidity and coating the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. Plaque increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which threatens the stability and appearance of your teeth.
Cerritos Oral Surgeon Addresses Dry Mouth
What can you do to stop dry mouth? Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take for addressing dry mouth. First, try to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and try chewing sugar-free gum. Chewing gum helps stimulate the production of saliva. If you feel medication or illness is the cause of your dry mouth, then talk to your doctor.
About Your Cerritos Oral Surgeon
At Cerritos Dental Surgery, Shawn Hofkes, DDS is dedicated to providing you with the care to help you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. For a consultation, contact us today at 562-584-4082. The Cerritos Dental Surgery office is conveniently located to patients residing in Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, and surrounding communities.