Saliva is your body’s natural mouthwash and rinsing agent. It keeps bacteria flowing away from your mouth and it keeps your mouth moisturized for important functions. Dry mouth can happen from time to time to everyone. You may even wake up every morning feeling a bit parched, which is because your body slows your saliva production while you sleep. It is perfectly normal to have a dry mouth in the morning, but if you are constantly feeling a dry mouth despite drinking enough water, you may have an issue. Chronic dry mouth could be a side effect of certain medications or medical conditions. Addressing dry mouth can help you to address the negative effects that it may have on your smile.
Increase Oral Health Risks
Your natural saliva flow helps to cleanse your teeth, remove bacteria, and neutralize acids. A dry mouth is a hotbed for bacterial activity; bacterial activity that can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Bad breath is often caused by excessive bacteria and food particles in your mouth. Since a dry mouth contributes less to the removal of these stinky contributors, a dry mouth can lead to unpleasant smelling breath.
Cause Trouble Eating
Your saliva plays an essential role in detecting the flavors in your food and drink. More importantly, saliva works to moisten and soften food to make swallowing easier. A dry mouth can make it difficult to eat .
Effects on Your Speech
A dry mouth can be accompanied by a smacking sound and could cause difficulty in the ways that you speak. A dry mouth can also leave sticky white residue on your lips that can make it a bit embarrassing to bring the focus to your smile while you speak.
Chronic dry mouth can have negative effects on your smile’s health
Do you frequently have dry mouth? To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact one of our offices closest to you in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.