Your saliva plays an important role in the overall function of your mouth as well as helping with cavity prevention. When you chew your mouth produces saliva to lubricate chewed food before swallowing. After eating, your mouth continues to produce a small amount of saliva to aid with the clarity of speech and also to help loosen and wash away food particles.
A chronic reduction in saliva production can increase your chances of suffering several different oral health problems. Identifying the underlying cause can help Dr. Abbas Nejad to develop an effective treatment plan.
Some prescription medications can cause decreased saliva production as a side effect. While you will need to continue taking the medication are still ways to maintain adequate moisture in your mouth. This could include periodically sipping on water or chewing on a gum that’s been approved by the American Dental Association. It might also be possible for your primary physician to provide you with a prescription saliva substitute.
Chronic dehydration can also lead to chronic dry mouth problems. This is even more likely to occur if you consume alcohol on a frequent basis or use tobacco regularly. These things can easily impair the function of saliva glands in your mouth. It’s also worth noting that some medical conditions that can also cause reduced saliva production. This could include a problem with your kidneys, liver, or blood health. It’s also worth noting that oral and pharyngeal cancer can also cause dry mouth issues.
If you live in the Laveen, Arizona, area and you have been struggling with chronic dry mouth, you should call 602-237-7878 to set up an appointment with one of the oral care professionals at Abbas Nejad DDS.