We at your Dentist Epping are aware that you might sometimes experience a dry mouth and know, too, how uncomfortable that feels. It also makes chewing and swallowing your food and speaking difficult and less pleasant.
However, there are other disadvantages to having a dry mouth. Saliva helps your body digest your food, which you want to be well-done. Saliva also helps protect your teeth from decay and your mouth from infections, both of which are very desirable.
So, it is worth investigating a dry mouth and trying to minimize it at least.
Some of the causes are relatively straightforward. For instance, a dry mouth can result from smoking or dehydration – or drinking too much tea, coffee, or alcohol. Other causes can be more complicated, though, as they can be a side effect of some medicines, medical procedures, and illnesses.
If you suspect a lifestyle issue, you may be able to deal with that yourself.
If you suspect one of the medical causes, you must talk with your Dentist Epping, GP, or medical specialist before making any changes. There may be an alternative medicine or safe lower dosage that will side-step having a dry mouth.
We are an excellent place to start. We can eliminate any possible lifestyle or dental causes and solve any damage the dry mouth may have caused to your teeth. We can check on how you carry out your daily tooth-cleaning and flossing to ensure that what you are doing is the most suitable for a dry mouth. We can advise you about the available safe supermarket or pharmacy items, which may be all you need for moistening your mouth again. And, of course, if we think you need to see your GP or medical specialist, we will advise that.
Your Dentist Epping can find the cause, and then, as a team, we can develop a plan for resolving the problem. Not having a dry mouth and not putting your mouth and teeth at risk of unnecessary damage will be advantageous for you.
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