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Have you ever had an oral health assessment to determine if you are at an increased risk for dry mouth? Dry mouth is a condition that can be caused by medications or a disorder within your body. Because it can also be caused by an underlying condition, it is important to receive oral health checkups to determine what exactly is causing your dry mouth. Dry mouth also called xerostomia, is a condition in which your body is not producing enough saliva.

Are you aware of your oral health risks associated with dry mouth? Because dry mouth decreases saliva production, you will be at an increased risk for gum disease, tooth decay and several other risks associated with harmful bacteria being flourish in your mouth. Saliva neutralizes harmful acids and washes away food debris. To help combat dry mouth, make sure to stay hydrated and try chewing sugarless gum after meals, which has been known to help stimulate the production of saliva.

In some cases, dry mouth may not be easily eliminated. It could be linked to an autoimmune disease such as Sjogren’s Syndrome. If Sjogren’s Syndrome is present, your immune system will attack the glands in your body responsible for producing saliva.

Are there any remaining questions you have about dry mouth? To improve your smile with dry mouth care and prevention, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Midlothian, Virginia. Dr. Jeryl Abbott and our team at Midlothian Dental Arts look forward to hearing from you soon! To contact us, please call our dental office at 804-379-9177.