Dry mouth isn’t the sort of condition most people would consider serious.
Uncomfortable, for sure. But a serious threat to your oral health? Not so much.
After reading today’s blog from our team at Shook Dental Care in San Pedro, CA, you’ll be among the enlightened few who understand what chronic dry mouth can do to hurt your healthy smile and how we can help!
When Summer Leaves You With A Dry Mouth…
Everyone knows you can’t survive without water. But getting enough water every single day is one of the most important ways in helping you thrive.
That includes your smile.
That’s because it’s the saliva inside your mouth that washes away food particles, cutting the power source for harmful bacteria and protecting your teeth and gums from harm.
Along with threatening your oral health, lack of saliva will mean dry mouth, and here are some uncomfortable telltale signs it’s affecting you:
- You’re having difficulty swallowing.
- Your lips may be chapped or cracked.
- You might have frequent mouth sores.
- You could feel a burning sensation in your mouth.
- You may have bouts of hoarseness.
More than anything, you’ll know your saliva has slowed significantly simply because the inside of your mouth feels dry and sticky, which is really uncomfortable. But our team at Shook Dental Care can offer relief with our dry mouth treatment!
Summer Heat Isn’t The Only Reason Saliva Slows
We’re used to experiencing summer-like temps all year long in San Pedro, but it’s not just heat that can dehydrate you and dry out your mouth.
You can also experience slowed saliva production because of:
- Prescription medications
- Health conditions
- Poor nutrition
- Tobacco use & excessive alcohol consumption
Some factors are well within your control and can be mitigated or stopped altogether, but others aren’t quite in your hands. Dr. Shook can help you understand the source of your slowed saliva production and offer effective solutions so your smile stays safe.
How To Avoid Dry Mouth Moving Forward
Since you want saliva to keep moving all year long, there are ways to avoid dry mouth and protect your smile moving forward.
Here are a few tips!
- Always drink plenty of water each day.
- Avoid excess caffeine.
- Keep a humidifier in your home.
- Chew sugarless gum to encourage saliva production.
Always keep your lips moisturized.
Keep in mind, too, that our team at Shook Dental Care is here for you. Your oral health is important to your total health and wellness. That’s why we do all we can to keep dental disasters at a distance with dry mouth solutions, in addition to a variety of preventive and restorative treatments here in San Pedro, CA.
Call Today For Help!
Don’t let summer, or anything else, dry out your mouth and threaten your healthy smile. Get help from Dr. Shook!
Call our San Pedro, CA dental office now at 310-982-6333 or fill out our online form to request an appointment for dry mouth treatment.