If we are honest, no one really wants to talk about saliva. It isn’t something that comes up in polite discussions or most any other discussions for that matter. But it is more important than you may think when it comes to your oral health.
Your saliva contains important vitamins and minerals, including fluoride from your body that can help nourish your teeth. And because it is comprised mostly of water, it hydrates your mouth, which is also very important. Saliva helps to break down and chew your food and swallow it. Its lubricating properties help you to speak. You may not know this, but saliva also contains antibodies to help fight infections that can occur in your mouth. It also plays a big part in washing away the oral debris that is left in your mouth from consuming your foods and drinks. Xerostomia is a condition in which your body does not manufacture enough saliva. If you are experiencing a dry, sticky mouth, chapped lips, a sore throat or a dry sticky tongue, you should talk to our dentist, Dr. Jenny Hawkins about dry mouth. It can be caused by certain diseases, medications, personal habits, or even just by not drinking enough water. But if it is left untreated, dry mouth can lead to bad breath, gum disease and cavities.
So if you are experiencing dry mouth, we can help you treat the problem and enjoy the healthy mouth you want and need. If you would like to make an appointment at Pax Dental in Lexington Park, Maryland, please give us a call at 301-863-8822 today and we will schedule you for an exam. Keep your smile hydrated this summer season!