If you feel thirsty all of the time, have trouble swallowing certain kinds of food or your saliva feels thick or foamy, you might be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from dry mouth.
Did you know that dry mouth affects more than 1 in 4 individuals? If you do suffer from this dental health issues, just remember it is a very common. We want to share some information on what this issue is and why treating it is important to your oral health.
What is Dry Mouth?
Simply put, dry mouth is the lack of salivary flow. Saliva helps us in many ways, including aiding in the digestive process, preventing tooth decay, keeping your mouth lubricated for healthy, soft tissues and helping to fight off infection. Not having enough saliva can lead to serious dental health issues.
Why is it a Problem?
The flow of saliva is vital for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Dry mouth has been associated with a number of diseases, such as gum disease and diabetes. This is why it is important to know the signs, causes and treatment options if you experience dry mouth.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog series on dry mouth where we will discuss some of the causes.