Peter Ngai, DMD and Penny L. Phipps, DDS
6 McBride and Son Center | Chesterfield, Missouri 63005

How does dry mouth affect my oral health?

Dry mouth is certainly a nuisance, but did you know that it can also impact your oral health and possibly result in gum disease? Periodontal disease is not only a threat to your oral health, but it can also affect your overall health.

More people than ever are taking prescription medications for, depression, high blood pressure anxiety, allergies, pain, and more. One side effect of many of these drugs is dry mouth.

Dry mouth can affect your oral health because saliva acts as a natural cleansing rinse that helps kill bacteria in your mouth. As bacteria build up in your mouth, saliva washes them away, taking with it food and other debris on which the bacteria feed.

The lack of sufficient amounts of saliva, however, reduces your body’s natural ability to counteract the effects of bacteria that accumulate in your mouth. Bacteria that sit on your teeth create the perfect conditions for developing gum disease. Unless you follow a strict routine of proper oral hygiene and visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings, you are at increased risk for developing periodontal disease.

If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, please contact our office to arrange an appointment for an exam and cleaning. At that time we can also make recommendations about ways to counteract dry mouth and avoid gum disease.