Novi MI Dentist on Salivary Importance

Chronic dry mouth is a condition complained about by numerous patients to their Novi MI dentist. Not only can a dry mouth be extremely inconvenient and unpleasant to a patient, but it also can cause more severe dental issues if not solved. For that very reason, today we have provided you with a blog reviewing the causes, related conditions and solutions to dry mouth!

 

Causes:

  • Breathing- well, out of the mouth and not the nose enough. Heavy mouth breathing is most likely to occur when engaged in physical activity or while sleeping. This practice can deplete the mouth of saliva, which leads to dry mouth and also several potential oral health problems.
  • Substances- several dietary and “other” items can cause the salivary glands to be less active after their usage. Nicotine and tar in cigarettes can have this effect, as can alcohol and any food or drink that may have a high caffeine or sugar content- such as coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks.  
  • Medications- as typically listed on labels, several common (and not so common) medications can cause dry mouth. Make sure to not only take these with plenty of water but to drink your recommended daily amount of water to stay hydrated and battle the side effects.

 

Conditions Related to Bad Breath:

  • Bad Breath.
  • Gum Disease and/or tooth decay.
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing.
  • Bleeding or cracking of the lips, tongue, surrounding skin and tissue.

 

Solutions:

  • Drinking at least (8) 8-ounce glasses of water per day to stay hydrated.
  • Take in fewer high-caffeinated beverages / use less tobacco and alcohol.
  • Take medications with plenty of water.
  • Chew sugar-free (xylitol-enhanced) gum after meals to stimulate saliva.
  • Use a mouthwash that is alcohol-free.
  • Attempt to breathe through the nose when working out or sleeping. Sinus lifting strips have proven to be relatively effective and can increase nasal airflow.

 

For more information on the impact of dry mouth, or to have your Novi MI dentist help you find a solution to it that works for you- call our office today at (248) 624-2701 to schedule an appointment.

 

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