Have you ever heard of dry mouth before? If you were not aware, dry mouth is a condition in which your body’s ability to process saliva is hindered. Although this may not seem like something that will affect the health of your teeth, your oral health care can suffer dramatically if dry mouth is present. To help combat risks associated with diabetes, it is important to understand the risk factors for dry mouth and what you can do to keep your smile safe.
Several risk factors often give rise to dry mouth with none being more known than medications. Several medications including antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics, decongestants and several other forms are known risk factors for dry mouth. If you do suffer from dry mouth, saliva production may be hindered within your mouth. As saliva is an important substance for washing away debris and neutralizing acid in your mouth, it is essential to make sure it is in good standing as much as possible. By staying hydrated and consuming saliva producing meals, you can help treat your mouth well if dry mouth is beginning to show.
No matter which dry mouth treatment you desire, Dr. Brent Murphy and our team at Pine Ridge Dental will care for your smile. To set up a dry mouth assessment diagnosis at our dentist office in Lincoln, Nebraska, please contact us at 402-423-1100.