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Did you know that saliva performs important roles in maintaining your teeth and gums? One of the functions of saliva is to remove excess food and bacteria particles lingering in your mouth following a meal or snack. Saliva also helps to prevent dry mouth, as this condition allows plaque and tooth decay to thrive and cause ongoing bad breath. If your mouth often feels dry, we offer some insight into dry mouth and how you can treat it.

There are many factors that cause people to develop dry mouth. For example, taking certain prescription medications can have a side effect of dry mouth, especially if they reduce saliva production. Habits of smoking or being dehydrated can also lead to dry mouth.

Fortunately, there are ways to recognize if you have chronic dry mouth so that you can seek treatment. Having a persistently dry mouth causes you to frequently feel thirsty or have lips that feel dry. You can also develop sores in your mouth, feel like your throat is dry, have a tongue that looks red, frequently struggle with bad breath and struggle to swallow. If you are experiencing any of these issues, we encourage you to contact the dentist for an exam.

Additionally, if you are struggling with dry mouth, you can try a few solutions to relieve discomfort. For example, if dry mouth is resulting from dehydration, try drinking more water during the day. Another options is to purchase artificial saliva to keep your mouth wet. If you suspect any of your medications are causing your problem, you can speak with our dentist and your doctor about solutions to this issue.   

If you suspect you are being affected by dry mouth in Charlotte, North Carolina, please feel free to contact Scott A. Young, DDS at 704-541-5900 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott A. Young and our team.