Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) - Part 1

What is Dry Mouth?

Do you find yourself quite thirsty all the time? Do you have trouble swallowing certain kinds of food? Does your saliva ever feel foamy or thick? You may be one of the millions of Americans that suffers from xerostomia, better know as dry mouth.
Dry Mouth Xerostomia Seville Ohio

25% of Americans are affected by dry mouth, so you are not alone in suffering from this common disorder. Dr. Landry and the entire team at Landry Family Dentistry want the gums, teeth, and mouths of people in Seville, OH to be as healthy as possible. The following is information that Dr. Landry and his team want you to know regarding dry mouth and how it impacts your dental health.

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth (xerostomia), is an absence or inadequate amount of saliva in the mouth. This can lead to many issues as your saliva is an integral part of maintaining good oral health.

Why is it a problem?

Saliva is one of the most important factors to maintaining your oral health. The reason saliva is so important is due to the many functions it performs like preventing tooth decay, aiding in the digestion process, and helping us fight off infection. If you create an insufficient amount of saliva it can lead to things like periodontitis and cavities.

Keep your eyes open for part two of our series on dry mouth where we will discuss some common causes of dry mouth. If you are in the Seville, Medina, Wadsworth, Creston, Westfield, or Chippewa Lake area please contact us today at 330-769-4470.

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