Your mouth produces saliva to help lubricate food for chewing and swallowing. Saliva also plays a role in moistening your mouth when talking. Once you are done eating your mouth continues to produce saliva to help wash away food particles and plaque.
When saliva production is impeded the excess food particles, sugar residue and plaque in your mouth can contribute to cavities and increased risk of gum disease. Identifying the cause of chronic dry mouth with a dentist like Dr. Sandra L. Parker is very important for developing an effective treatment plan.
Some patients experiencing dry mouth complications might find the problem is linked to a new prescription medication. These can reduce saliva production as a common side effect. Even you will need to continue taking the medication you might still be able to maintain a moist mouth by chewing sugarless gum or frequently taking small sips of water during your day.
Sometimes Dr. Sandra L. Parker or your primary physician can provide you with a prescription for saliva supplements or saliva stimulants. This will be based on several factors and they will need to be taken as directed at the stated times and dosages.
If you live in the Anaheim, California, area and you have been struggling with chronic dry mouth, you should call 714-289-0421 to set up a consultation appointment at Sandra L. Parker DDS Inc.