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Consequence of Chronic Dry Mouth

Consequence of Chronic Dry MouthAn estimated 44 million Americans suffer from chronic dry mouth, which can be an extremely uncomfortable condition. However, according to Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, it can also be a hazardous condition.

Saliva is designed to neutralize acid and rinse away cavity-causing debris. Bacteria can then reproduce rapidly, and their acidic byproducts erode enamel, which leaves teeth more vulnerable to decay. When the mouth lacks sufficient saliva, it also becomes more susceptible to gum disease. The same oral bacteria that erode enamel also irritate the gums, and the subsequent inflammation increases the risk of infection.

Dry mouth can be associated with certain medical conditions, medications and other factors. If you have dry mouth, you may benefit from increased control over your health or switching medications. However, taking steps immediately to stimulate saliva flow can help reduce your risk of dry mouth complications.

Avoid acidic foods and beverages, increase your fluid intake and chew sugarless gums or candies. Fibrous foods such as apples or celery can also be helpful as they stimulate saliva and mechanically clean teeth. An alcohol-free mouth rinse may be able to cut bacteria without increasing dryness. In serious cases, a saliva-replacement product may be necessary.

If you have dry mouth, Dr. Mirani, expert in periodontics in Beverly Hills, can help. We will work with you to determine the cause of your discomfort and provide you with a treatment plan to preserve your dental health and increase your comfort. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

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