Hygienist Advice – Dry Mouth

Written by: Trenna Nelson, RDH

One out of every four adults is affected by this condition. Conditions such as cancer, diabetes and depression are associated with dry mouth. However, medications are the number one cause.

When your mouth isn’t moist enough, food and bacteria can stick to your teeth. This causes a build-up of plaque. This build –up increases your chances of ongoing bad breath, cavities, gum disease, mouth infections and other oral problems.

Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you suffer from dry mouth!

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