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Are you aware of the risks associated with dry mouth? Although dry mouth is not technically classified as a disease, it can lead to several other problems in your mouth an impair your oral health functions.

The risks for dry mouth can come from medications. Medications often produce dry mouth as a side effect. If you are suffering from dry mouth, it could be linked to decongestants, antihistamines, diuretics and painkillers you may be taking. Dry mouth can even be linked to a rare autoimmune disease known as Sjogren’s syndrome. If you are not sure what is causing your dry mouth, visit your dentist.

Dry mouth occurs when your body does not create enough saliva. Saliva is essential for your oral health because it can help wash away food debris and particles and neutralize acids on your teeth and gums. Saliva has even been shown to help provide disease-fighting substances for your mouth. To help reduce additional saliva, eat crunchy vegetables and fruits with a high water content and try chewing sugarless gum after meals.

Enhance your smile with protective oral health care treatments. If you would like to visit with Dr. Andrew Lymn and our team at Dr. Andrew Lymn DDS for a complete examination, please call 562-866-6914 to schedule a visit at our dentist office in Bellflower, California.