Many residents in our Yuma community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to extreme health problems.
Yuma people should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a critical role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to complete this task your body may not be getting critical nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Yuma residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.
I am Franklin Hulme and my staff and I at Yuma Family Dentist have been treating xerostomia since 2012. I recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. I also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your Yuma physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.
Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Yuma Family Dentist today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older. 928-783-0804
Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry? I invite you to come visit my practice at 1630 S Pacific Ave #104 in Yuma. My friendly team at Yuma Family Dentist make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or a complete smile makeover.
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Implants
- Invisalign Clear Braces
- Porcelain Crowns
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