Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is the feeling that there is not enough saliva in your mouth. Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while. This can happen when we feel nervous. Dry mouth can also be caused by taking medicines. 
 
Did you know that saliva does more than just keep the mouth wet? Here are some of the ways saliva keeps you healthy:
 

  • Saliva helps digest food.
  • Saliva prevents tooth decay.
  • Saliva prevents infection.
  • Saliva helps you chew and swallow.
 
If you have a dry mouth most of the time, it can lead to serious oral health problems. Dry mouth can make it hard to taste, chew, and swallow food. Without enough saliva you can get cavities or other infections in the mouth. Here are some tips to help you avoid dry mouth:
 
  • Sip water or sugarless drinks often.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and soda.   
  • Sip water or a sugarless drink during meals.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy.
 
If you have questions about dry mouth, talk to your dentist.