Why Chronic Dry Mouth Can Harm Your Oral Health

Chronic dry mouth is caused by a reduction in the amount of saliva produced. Saliva is important in maintaining the health of teeth and gums, and your dentist can recommend ways to improve saliva production to treat chronic dry mouth.

Key takeaways:

  • Saliva washes away bacteria and acids which can harm your dental health, with reduced saliva levels increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Chronic dry mouth means there is not enough saliva present to maintain the balance of the natural fungus Candida albicans, which can result in oral thrush — white patches in the mouth.
  • There are a number of ways to counter chronic dry mouth, including sipping more water and chewing sugar-free gum.

“Dry mouth can increase your risk for oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath. Ask your dentist how you can help treat your dry mouth to protect your smile!”

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