Dry mouth: the unknown enemy of your oral health
If you have ever experienced a dry mouth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. This phenomenon is called "dry mouth" or xerostomia, and it occurs when the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to maintain normal oral moisture. Dry mouth can be caused by various factors such as taking certain medications, smoking, dehydration, stress, cancer treatments, Sjogren’s Syndrome, diabetes or even aging.
Dry mouth is more than just a discomfort. In fact, saliva plays an essential role in protecting and maintaining oral health. It helps prevent cavities by removing food particles and bacteria from the mouth. Additionally, it contributes to remineralizing tooth enamel by providing minerals such as calcium and phosphate. Furthermore, saliva also helps maintain fresh breath.
When the mouth becomes dry, these functions are impaired, and this can lead to oral health problems such as cavities and oral lesions, gingivitis, bad breath, oral candidiasis, infections, and mouth ulcers. In addition, chronic dry mouth can cause permanent damage to teeth and gums, as well as a loss of taste and difficulty eating and speaking.
To treat dry mouth, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. It is also recommended to avoid consuming alcohol and tobacco, which can worsen dry mouth symptoms. It is possible to use products specifically designed to relieve dry mouth symptoms. Oral Science offers several products that can help alleviate the discomfort associated with dry mouth and stimulate saliva production during the night and during the day.
- XyliMelts® Stick-On Melts™ are small, slow-release pastilles that adhere to the inside of the mouth and help to stimulate saliva production during sleep. Made with natural xylitol, XyliMelts® also help to reduce the risk of tooth decay and remineralize tooth enamel.
- X-PUR Gums and Pastilles are sugar-free products that are specifically designed to stimulate saliva production. They contain xylitol and other natural ingredients that help to moisturize the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay during the day.
In summary, dry mouth is a common problem that can have serious consequences for oral health. It is important to take measures to treat it, such as staying hydrated, avoiding substances that aggravate symptoms, and using products specifically designed to relieve symptoms. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, it is recommended to consult a dentist or physician to determine the cause.
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