Believe it or not, dry mouth is a common problem we see in our clinic and, in varying degrees, has potentially bad effects on your oral structures. You see, your saliva contains protective elements that help your mouth. It washes away food particles, neutralizes bacterial acids that cause tooth decay, and lubricates your mouth so you can adequately speak, eat and swallow.
Sometimes people notice dry mouth right after starting or changing medications. Antihistamines, blood pressure medicines, painkillers, and antidepressants are just some of the known drugs that have dry mouth as a side effect. Your dentist can advise you on how to prevent this condition from damaging your teeth.
Sugarless mints, rinses and even artificial saliva can be prescribed to help lubricate dental structures and maintain good oral health! If dry mouth is an intermittent problem for you, be sure to mention it at your next dental visit.