Did you know a decrease in saliva can actually affect your oral health? Because saliva plays such an integral role in the health of your mouth, it is important to make sure you are producing enough saliva. If there are certain products and health conditions could lead to xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth. It is important to be aware of the risks of dry mouth as well as the potential oral health implications of not producing enough saliva.
Saliva is essential for your oral health because it can help neutralize acids and even provide disease-fighting substances for your mouth. However, if it is hindered or limited due to dry mouth, you will need to take steps to address the problem.. Some medications produce dry mouth as a side effect. Those medications may include decongestants, painkillers, diuretics, and antihistamines.
Dry mouth is often linked to an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren’s Syndrome. Although it is very rare, it can occur. When you are suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome, your immune system attacks your salivary glands.
If there is anything more you wish to know about dry mouth, contact our dental office in Metairie, Louisiana. Furthermore, you are welcome to schedule an appointment at DeFelice Dental LLC by calling 504-833-4300. Dr. Tre' DeFelice looks forward to taking your smile and your oral health care to the next level with dry mouth prevention.