Dry Mouth

dry mouthDry mouth may not seem like a major health concern, but it can lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, having a dry mouth can make eating and speaking uncomfortable. If you suffer from dry mouth, you should know that your dentist can help you with this.

Saliva is important to your oral health because it defends against gum disease and tooth decay, helps with digestion, reduces bacteria, and helps keep teeth strong with minerals and enzymes. If your body isn’t producing enough saliva, you will have a dry mouth. You may feel dryness in your throat as well. You may have mouth sores, bad breath, dry lips and a rough tongue.

There are some things that you can do to help with the symptoms of dry mouth. Sipping on water or chewing sugarless gum can help to produce more saliva and hydrate your mouth. Reducing your caffeine intake will also help with dry mouth. You can also try sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom to create a more hydrating environment. Above all, don’t be afraid to talk with your dentist if you are experiencing symptoms. They will be able to recommend the best treatment for you and your oral health.

Dry Mouth Treatments|Dr. Maryim Adibfar

Can Oral Health Affect Athletic Training?

athlete oral healthSome studies have shown that athletes tend to have more frequent problems with their oral health.  The reasons aren’t exactly clear, but some experts attribute it to diet, mouth injuries or other factors.

Dry mouth is a common problem for athletes. This can lead to oral health problems because saliva keeps mouths moist and washes away food particles and bacteria that are left behind.  Without enough saliva production, your oral health is at risk. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and be uncomfortable.  It also leads to gum disease.

Many athletes turn to sports drinks for energy and to combat dehydration. They are popular because they claim to be better than water for replacing electrolytes.  But they have a lot of sugar which causes tooth decay.  Water is the best choice for athletes, but if you feel you must drink sports drinks, be sure to rinse with water after.

Athletes may also want to chew sugar free gum after meals or during rest periods to increase saliva production. They should also wear mouth guards to protect against injury of the mouth.  Also be sure to practice good oral hygiene.

Can Oral Health Affect Athletic Training?|Your Dental Health Resource

Dealing With Dry Mouth

22780782-beautiful-blonde-gesturing-silenceIf you have been diagnosed with dry mouth you know that it can be caused by a few different things. If it is something simple such as a medication or foods you are eating that are causing your dry mouth, then it is an easier fix. If it for some other reason, consider trying some of the tips offered by Dr. Martin Levin, in an article on Dental Health Resource Magazine.

Limit sweets and sugar containing fruits. Brush right after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks.  Try chewing sugarless gum to increase saliva flow.  To see the rest of Dr. Levin’s tips and learn more about how to live with dry mouth check out the article here: Dealing With Dry Mouth | Your Dental Health Resource Magazine.