Saliva not only moistens and cleanses the mouth, but it also aids in digestion, controls bacteria, and facilitates enamel remineralization. It does so by neutralizing the acid in plaque and removing germs and food residue, thereby significantly reducing the risk of cavities and providing a mineral barrier that protects tooth surfaces. Thus, it is very important to treat “dry mouth” (medically known as “xerostomia”). Dry mouth can lead to sores in the mouth, cracked lips, and fissures in the tongue, and has been associated with tooth loss in older adults. Treatment begins by identifying the cause of dry mouth, which is a side effect of a number of medications as well as certain diseases, infections, and medical treatments.
Are you experiencing dry mouth? At West Brookfield Dental, we provide the best oral health care possible by evaluating your needs individually. We’ll explain our findings and recommendations, and together we’ll choose the best treatment plan. We invite you to make an appointment with us by calling 508.867.2777. Your positive attitude towards your dental health is the key to successful dental care. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Dry mouth can be a result of nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery.