Questions and Answers About Dry Mouth – Part 1

Millions of people suffer from dry mouth, a condition that has symptoms including: feeling thirsty all the time; having difficulty swallowing certain types of food; saliva that feels foamy or thick.

050 - dry mouth part 1In fact, dry mouth is so common that it affects more than 1 in 4 people. At Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch, we want all of our patients in the Toms River area to have the best oral health they can, so we’re taking this time to explain a little bit about the causes and methods of treating dry mouth.

What is dry mouth?
In the simplest terms, dry mouth is just an inadequate amount of saliva. Important for a number of reasons, saliva is essential to the digestive process, keeps the soft tissue of our mouths healthy and infection-free, and even helps prevent tooth decay. It’s vital to good oral health.

Why is dry mouth a problem?
Not only uncomfortable, insufficient saliva can cause problems for teeth, gums and digestion. Dry mouth has connections to diseases such as diabetes and gum disease, so it’s important to know how to spot and treat it.

In our next post we’ll talk about some of the causes of Dry mouth, so be sure to check back.

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