Dry Mouth An Overview
Nearly everyone experiences intermittent dry mouth. For millions of people, though, dry mouth is a chronic condition that they suffer with every day.
Xeorostomia is the condition also known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is when you do not have enough saliva to keep your mouth wet and moisturized. It can be caused by numerous things. It is a common side effect of many prescription medications and more common as we age. Stress, smoking, autoimmune disorders, and cancer treatments are also known causes of dry mouth. Long term dry mouth and lack of saliva can contribute to a number of dental problems including dental cavities and gum disease because it will attract oral bacteria.
The Effects of Dry Mouth
Saliva serves a very important role in dental health:
- Protects and strengthens tooth enamel
- Delivers important minerals
- Washes away food and plaque
- Neutralizes acid and bacteria
- Keeps breath fresh