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Did you know that dry mouth could cause issues with your teeth and gums? Dry mouth is a condition in which you are not producing enough saliva in your mouth. Dry mouth, also referred to as xerostomia, is often the result of a medical disorder or a side effect of medications you may be taking. Here are some common facts linked to dry mouth:

– If you’re taking any antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics, decongestants or other forms of medications, you are often at an increased risk for dry mouth.
– If dry mouth is not treated properly, it can cause issues associated with tooth decay and gum disease.
– Saliva is essential for keeping your mouth clean and neutralizing harmful acids. A lack of saliva due to dry mouth can increase your risk for plaque buildup.
– Dry mouth has been known to produce several side effects, including a sore throat, difficulties breathing or swallowing and issues chewing food properly.
– Dry mouth can increase your risk for cavities, which occur due to dental erosion to the point that a hole has formed in your tooth enamel.
– You may be at an increased risk for dry mouth if you are suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s Syndrome occurs as an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system attacks the glands responsible for producing saliva in your body. If the glands are not working correctly, your body will not be able to produce enough saliva.

Have you noticed signs of dry mouth or are you in need of additional oral health care to protect your smile? For more information about dry mouth prevention, contact Dr. Mark Teigen and our team at 360-425-8140. The dental office of Cascade Dental Care is in Longview, Washington.