Posted on 7/13/2019 by Karl Olson
|Chronic dry mouth is an annoying condition. It is also a condition that can lead to a variety of problems with your oral health.
You do not have to live with a constant dry mouth, and you can reduce the risk of the problems associated with the condition. The place where managing dry mouth often starts with the most basic of all ingredients: water.
The Effects of Dry MouthSome people may try to live with chronic dry mouth. They do not realize that doing this puts their oral health and the overall health of their body at risk. Chronic dry mouth can lead to a variety of issues. Saliva plays an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. It helps soften and break down food as you chew. The saliva also helps remove any debris left behind.
The saliva can help remove bacteria and can help prevent it from growing on the teeth and gums. All these things are essential to good oral health and having chronic dry mouth will mean there is less saliva to do what is necessary.
Treating Chronic Dry MouthThere are many things you can do to help relieve the problems of chronic dry mouth. The goal of these things is to keep your mouth moist. Some of the things like chewing on gum can help the mouth generate more saliva, but there is also something very basic people can turn to when they need to get some moisture in their mouth.
The solution lies in water. You will not help your chronic dry mouth by chugging down a big glass of water a couple of times a day. Your mouth will continue to dry out in between the glasses of water and that can lead to different problems.
Instead of drinking a lot of water at one time, take small sips of water throughout the day. This can help keep your mouth moist and can help take the place of the saliva that you do not produce enough of. When you combine this with some other simple tricks, you can help maintain good oral health despite chronic dry mouth.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.