Although everyone has a dry mouth at times, a mouth that is frequently dry puts you at higher risk for oral problems. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, you’re more prone to cavities, receded gums and gum disease.
Winter months are especially drying to our bodies, including oral tissues. The air is dryer and people tend to drink less water, opting to sip warm drinks. Medications for colds and sinus infections can have a drying effect on gum tissues as well, exacerbating the problem.
To avoid dental repairs and time required for dental treatment, be diligent about brushing and flossing at least twice daily. Be committed to your 6-month dental exams and cleanings and drink lots of water throughout the day. If you take medications that are drying to the mouth, ask your Doctor or Pharmacist if there are alternatives that are less drying. You may also want to try an over-the-counter oral rinse to help keep your mouth moist.
Be good to your mouth and your mouth will reward you with a great smile and minimal problems, if any! If you are past due for your 6-month check-up, call us toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. You can also begin with a free consultation to discuss your needs.