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Dry mouth is a condition brought on when your salivary glands don’t manufacture enough saliva. Saliva keeps your mouth hydrated, washes away harmful acids and food debris, and can help strengthen your teeth with minerals from your body. If you have dry mouth, you are more likely to experience gum disease, cavities and bad breath. If you suffer from dry mouth, your dentist may prescribe a medication or an artificial saliva a mouthwash designed to address the problem. While you should follow your dentist’s instructions, there are things you can do at home that can make living with dry mouth easier. They are not difficult to do, and can make a difference in your oral health.
First, you can drink more water. Your body is mostly made of water, so it is a key ingredient to your health. Your mouth will stay hydrated, you will feel better, and the water will help to wash your mouth and teeth. Sugar free gum and candy can jump-start your salivary glands. Smoking, caffeine and alcohol can result in dry mouth, and your dentist may suggest either cutting back on those things, or quitting them altogether. A humidifier may bring you some relief, and believe it or not, breathing through your nose and not your mouth can help.
It is extremely important that you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. You should see your dentist every six months, and if necessary, more often if she suggests you do so. If you have dry mouth or another dental concern, our dentist, Dr. Sean Ky at Sean T. Ky will be happy to help. To make an appointment at Sean T. Ky in Pasadena, California, call 626-792-0448 today!