Do you have issues swallowing certain types of food? Does your saliva feel thick or foamy? If you answered yes to any of the above, you maybe one of the millions of Americans that suffers from dry mouth.
Dry mouth affects more than one in four people, so you are definaely not the only one in Memphis, TN if you suffer from this common condition!
It’s important to us at Periodontal Associates of Memphis, that the teeth and gums of our patients are always at their healthiest. This information should get you started on what dry mouth is and why treating this condition is important to your dental health.
What is Dry Mouth?
The basic answer is: a lack of or inadequate salivary flow. Saliva helps us out in many ways. It is instrumental in the digestive process, saliva prevents tooth decay, keeps our mouths lubricated for healthy soft tissue and even helps us fight off infection. It is a vital part of the health of our oral health and a lack of it can be detrimental. Why is it a Problem?
Saliva production is imperative for the maintenance of healthy teeth, gums and digestion. When we aren’t producing enough the consequences can be uncomfortableand sometimes dangerous. Dry mouth has been associated with diseases from gum disease to diabetes. It is important to know the signs, causes and treatment for dry mouth.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog series on Dry Mouth where we will discuss some of the causes.