Plaque and excess food particles that linger in your mouth after eating a meal or a snack often serve as an effective medium for the natural bacteria living in your mouth. Ideally your mouth will produce extra saliva after eating to help wash some of the lingering food particles away.
People struggling with chronic dry mouth often struggle with excess food particles in the contours of their teeth. In the short term it can cause bad breath problems. In the long term it can lead to a persistent buildup of oral plaque acids and tartar formation, which could increase your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.
Chronic dry mouth can be associated with several different factors. It’s best to have the problem diagnosed by a dentist like Dr. David Wilhelm as an important first step in developing an effective treatment plan.
If the factors contributing to your chronic dry mouth are beyond your immediate control, he can help you understand ways to maintain adequate oral moisture. Occasionally sipping water throughout your day might help.
For some people chewing sugarless gum can also help promote saliva production. There are several brands that have been approved by the American Dental Association. Most use an artificial sweetener like aspartame, sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol, which are known not to promote the growth of oral bacteria.
If you live in the Newport Beach, California, area and you have been struggling with chronic dry mouth problems, you should call 949-752-1210 to schedule an appointment at Newport Dental Arts OC.