Saliva may decrease in supply. This condition is called Xerostomia or dry mouth. If left unattended dry mouth can lead to other dental problems.
If you feel that your mouth is drier than usual, call and visit Smiles Nambour. We get to the bottom of dental issues and provide comprehensive solutions.
Saliva has many functions aside from being an aid in digestion. It also plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy balance in your mouth.
Saliva protects your teeth from decay by washing away food particles and neutralising acid. This is possible with the help of fluoride residue from routine brushing. Bacterial growth is limited and stopped thus giving better protection to your teeth.
Your habits and diet can affect your overall wellbeing including your oral health. Smoking, alcohol-intake, and poor dental hygiene are some of the things that can lead to a dry mouth.
Xerostomia is a common accompanying issue to certain medical conditions. HIV, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease are some of these.
Not enough water in the body can cause your bodily functions to deteriorate. A dry mouth is one of the conditions springing from dehydration.
Your body slowly changes as you age. These natural changes coupled with poor care make you vulnerable to oral health diseases including dry mouth.
There are certain medications that can cause a dry mouth. Medications for depression, antihistamines, high blood pressure, decongestants, and muscle relaxants are among these.
The use of some illegal or recreational drugs can also lead to a dry mouth. For instance, Methamphetamine (known as “meth mouth”) and Marijuana use can cause a dry mouth.
Delaying treatment can lead to:
Your oral health is our primary concern. From simple to complicated dental issues, Smiles Nambour can help.
Our commitment is to guide our patients along a path of optimal health and wellness, for life.