How do I deal with dry mouth?
Suffering from dry mouth can be annoying and may even cause bad breath. Dry mouth happens as part of the aging process but can occur in patients of any age due to certain medications, smoking, or because of an underlying health issue. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, cause dry mouth. Dehydration also contributes to dry mouth and makes it more difficult to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Saliva helps to prevent decay by breaking down foods and restoring the mouth to a regular pH level after eating or drinking. Saliva also protects the gums, which makes periodontal disease common among those with dry mouth.
What can you do to prevent it?
If you experience dry mouth, it’s a good time to talk to your dentist in Metrotown about your options. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions:
- Sip water all day
- If you smoke, consider quitting
- Use a dry mouth rinse
- Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste
- Keep some sugar-free mints handy
- Use a humidifier at night
- Limit caffeine
Our Central Park Dental Clinic dentists and hygienists are always happy to help. It is also wise to report your condition to your medical doctor in case of any underlying health problems that require treatment.
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