There are plenty of different dental problems that you may face, and some may be more difficult to deal with that others. One dental problem that some people don’t take as seriously as they should is dry mouth. Also called xerostomia, dry mouth is more than an inconvenience. It can actually exacerbate existing dental problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. When you visit a skilled Rockville, Maryland cosmetic dentist like those at our practice, they will be able to treat your various dental problems and suggest ways of preventing major dental problems down the line. Right now, let’s look at ways that you can prevent dry mouth.
One of the best ways that you can prevent dry mouth is to stay well hydrated. That doesn’t mean drinking sports drinks but rather that you drink a few glasses of water a day. If your mouth is feeling a little dry, it’s a good idea to swish the water around in your mouth a bit. Water will also be able to dislodge food particles between your teeth, and while it’s not brushing, it’s a big help.
On the note of beverages, it’s important that you take it easy when it comes to alcoholic beverages and coffee. Both can dry out your mouth. It’s a good idea to have a glass of water handy to help rehydrate after having a cup of joe or a nice cold beer. It’s actually also a good idea that you make sure your mouthwash doesn’t have alcohol in it. You’d be surprised how many mouthwashes do.
To help promote the production of saliva, you should consider having some sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies handy. Both will help keep your mouth moist and they can also help freshen your breath.
For more serious cases of dry mouth, it’s important that you consider various artificial saliva products. These come in lozenge, spray, or gel form. These are good options since artificial saliva products often contain minerals and enzymes that will help play the protective and remineralizing role that your saliva plays.
For more information on treatments for dry mouth as well as Rockville, Maryland teeth whitening and other dental health issues, feel free to contact our Rockville, Maryland cosmetic dentistry practice today.