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What Can I Do About My Dry Mouth?

You’ve surely heard over and over again about many of the common oral health problems – cavities, root canals, gum disease, and everything in between. Today, we’d like to discuss an issue you may not have heard too much about: dry mouth. Dry mouth, as you can guess, is caused by a reduced flow of saliva. While that might not sound too serious, saliva carries out many functions in both the mouth and throat, and if the gland that produces it is dysfunctional, it can lead to trouble. Here at Bethesda Sedation Dentistry in Bethesda, MD, we want to provide you with information to alleviate problems within our area of expertise.

What kind of problems can my dry mouth cause?

Dry mouth can lead to a host of oral health problems, the most common being tooth decay. Saliva helps to limit the amount of bacteria in the mouth, so when you produce less of it, cavities can occur more frequently.  Dry mouth can also cause mucositis, a painful inflammation of the lining of the mouth, as well as candidiasis, a fungal infection that affects the palate and tongue. Gingivitis and bleeding gums are also common complications of dry mouth.

What can I do to help myself?

Hopefully, these tips will help you combat your dry mouth. And if you’ve already suffered a cavity or other oral health problems from dry mouth, Dr. Klotz or Dr. Schlossberg are here to help as soon as possible. Call Bethesda Sedation Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. In our Bethesda office, we cater to the dental needs of patients from Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Washington D.C.