The saliva produced in your mouth plays a crucial role that enhances the overall function of your mouth and provides benefits such as cavity prevention. Your mouth boosts its saliva production when you eat to lubricate the food you chew before it is digested. After eating and throughout the day, the mouth continues to produce lesser amounts of saliva to clear away leftover food particles and improve your speech for clarity.
If you have a chronic lack of saliva, you could be suffering from dry mouth, which can result from many factors and cause additional oral health problems.
Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain prescription medications that reduce saliva, and while you will need to continue to take the prescribed dosage, you can still have adequate moisture in your mouth by taking certain steps. This may include drinking more water periodically during the day, chewing gum that is sugarless or even speaking with your primary physician about whether you can use a saliva substitute.
The occurrence of chronic dehydration can lead to dry mouth and oral health problems like tooth decay, especially if you have a habitual use of tobacco and alcohol products. These substances can prevent your saliva glands from doing their job and producing proper amounts of saliva. Similarly, if you struggle with medical conditions like issues involving the kidneys, liver, blood health or oral and pharyngeal cancer, you may have a reduced flow of saliva.
If you would like to learn more about how to treat dry mouth in San Antonio, Texas, we invite you to call our office at 210-698-1010 today for an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Carolyn Walker.