What Causes Dry Mouth?
The biggest culprits of dry mouth are the side effects of medications; both prescribed and over the counter, as well as radiation therapy. Various diseases, such as Sjorgren’s Syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease causes dry mouth. Saliva is the primary defense against tooth decay. It helps maintain the health of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth by washing away food debris as well as neutralizes the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth.
Without saliva, extensive tooth decay can occur. There are many methods to restore moisture in your mouth. Sugar-free candy or gum does stimulate saliva flow and moisture can be replenished by using artificial saliva and oral rinses.
Call Tobias Family Dentistry in Barrington to learn more about Dry Mouth and how to prevent it.