Contact Lee Plaza Dental Today About Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay
Two of the most commonly related dental problems dentists see are dry mouth, and tooth decay.
Dry mouth occurs from a lack of saliva flow, and can cause major dental problems, including tooth decay. Some symptoms of dry mouth include:
– sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
– trouble tasting, swallowing, or chewing
– lack of taste or altered taste of normally consumed foods
– dry and sore throat
– dry and rough tongue
– halitosis (bad breath)
These issues all point to an increased risk of dental tooth decay and oral infections. Tooth decay is the reduction or destruction of the protective enamel layer surrounding your teeth. This happens when plaque (a sticky bacteria) constantly forms on the surface of the tooth, due to eating and drinking sugary or acidic foods/beverages. Sugar turns to acid, and over time will attack the tooth enamel. Left untreated, over time cavities can form, and gum disease can occur as the gum line recedes from the teeth.
It is important to remember that drinking water is not only beneficial for your overall health, but for your dental health as well. By drinking water during and after meals, can relieve symptoms of dry mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay as water washes away acidic foods, particles, and bacteria which tend to get stuck and wedged between teeth during meals.
To help prevent tooth decay, brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner, reduce sugary/high acidic foods and beverages from your meal plan while incorporating more nutritious and balanced foods, as well as limit snacking.
Make sure to ask Dr. Lee about other options to prevent tooth decay such as dental sealants to protect vulnerable tooth enamel, and to schedule preventative care, such as regular cleanings and oral examinations twice per year, as recommended. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (816) 323-0180 to schedule an oral examination and cleaning.
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