In the last article we posted, dental implants Bryan, TX provider Dr. Majors and the rest of his staff discussed what types of food are the best for your oral health. However, today we want to talk about a common oral condition that affects millions of people worldwide; dry mouth.
What’s So Bad About Having a Dry Mouth?
If you read our last post, you will know that fresh fruits and veggies are good for your oral health because they contain a lot of fiber. Fiber, as we stated shortly thereafter is a natural facilitator for the production of saliva in your mouth. If you read any further you would have discover that saliva is vital in the overall health of your mouth.
Because saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria that causes plaque and tooth decay. It’s the circle of dental life… (cue Lion King theme music).
Now that we have the importance of saliva covered, it might be obvious at this point why suffering from chronic dry mouth can be detrimental to not only your oral health, but your social health as well (dry mouth is a common cause for bad breath. With bacteria multiplying unmitigated by the lack of saliva, things can get… smelly.
Aside from dry mouth being bad for the health of your teeth, it’s equally bad for the health of your gums as well, and guess what that means?
Yep, your dental implants are in jeopardy. Gum tissue, along with your jawbone, is what holds a dental implant in place.
Dry mouth is just an all around big BAD for oral health.
Ok, Now That We’ve got You Good and Scared Let’s Discuss Solutions
The staff here at MajorSmiles.com don’t really like to just talk about problems, we like to solve them. Call us finishers, go-getters, teeth protecting vigilantes with credentials, or what have you, but the bottom line remains the same; we’re here to help you protect your smile, not just tell you what to be scared of.
What good does that do, anyway?
Moving right along, there are actually plenty of things you can do throughout your day to turn your dry mouth problems into a happily hydrated smile.
For instance, we have prepared a short list of quick dry mouth fixes and preventers just below, for your learning pleasure.
Dry Mouth Mitigators
- Keep on chugging… water that is. Water. We’re promoting oral health here people, not public drunkenness. The point it that while you are at work or sitting at home you should be sipping water all day. There is a reason doctors suggest a person drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. Oral health is one of those reasons, aside from the fact that your body is 60% water and your heart and brain are a whopping 73% H2O. Bottom line, keep on chugging.
- Don’t be an open mouth breather. Not only does sitting there with your mouth half open, breathing like a caveman look funny but it’s bad for your mouth. If you can help it, try and get into the habit of breathing through your nose while you are sitting in a relaxed state like at work or while driving. That way you keep the moisture in your mouth a little better and avoid looking like a neanderthal all at the same time! It’s a win-win!
- “Hey, do you have any gum?” The answer to this question should always be yes. As long as its sugar-free gum. If it’s not shame on you, and throw it away. Right now. We’re watching. Ok, good. Anyways, when you chew on anything your mouth’s salivary glands are set to full activation mode. That means a constant source of fresh, bacteria fighting, saliva is being produced, and boy do we like saliva. Now, because you can’t spend your entire day chewing on food unless you want other health issues like obesity to worry about, pop a stick of gum in your mouth. Gum is great for not only fighting dry mouth, but it also helps to dislodge trapped food particles from the spaces between your teeth. Sugar-free gum is basically a dental superhero. Ipso facto, go get some sugar-free gum.
- Skip that third cup of coffee. Yes, yes we know this one is hard, as many people cradle their cups of coffee like they do newborn babies. But, we can’t stress this suggestion enough. Coffee is chock full of caffeine and guess what caffeine does? It dehydrates you. Guess what happens when you are dehydrated? You get dry mouth, amongst a bevy of other bothersome side effects like headaches, lethargy, dizziness and general, all around icky feelings. So opt for a glass of water instead. And, believe it or not, drinking that extra water might just give you as much energy as the coffee would have. Staying hydrated is the key to sustained energy. However, for the sake of people’s safety everywhere, don’t give up coffee completely. We all know the dangers cranky, noncaffeinated people in the morning can pose. Sheesh…
- Try and cut back on the ‘sauce’ as well. By sauce, we mean alcohol. And it’s for all the same reasons that we suggest cutting back on coffee. Dehydration, vicious cycle, so on and so forth. You know the drill.
If Your Dry Mouth Persists…
Well, this one is simple; see a dentist. Guess what we have a few of here at MajorSmiles.com? yep, dentists. Dry mouth is a serious health condition that can be a sign of more complicated issues which may require you use special mouthwash and toothpaste. However, you won’t know until you see the doctor.
Either way, one of the best ways to protect your mouth, teeth, and dental implants is to prevent dry mouth. So, get to it,
folks! Save those smiles!
Until next time readers, grab a glass of water and keep on smiling.