For many people, oral issues like dry mouth are nothing more than a minor annoyance. But the reality is that there are some very serious consequences that can come from having an overly dry mouth. In fact, according to a recent study, dry mouth is directly associated with overall oral health quality of life. This is especially true in older people and in those who are undergoing treatments that can reduce moisture in the mouth such as chemotherapy.
Dry mouth is usually caused through a reduction of saliva production in your mouth glands, and is usually a side effect of medications. But did you know that it can be much more than a minor annoyance? In fact, it can lead to numerous problems including:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Reduced nutrition levels
- A reduction in overall oral health
That final issue is caused because saliva plays an important role in your oral health. Saliva helps reduce bacterial growth on the gums and teeth, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria, and helps wash away food particles.
In short, dry mouth has much more of an impact on your overall oral health than most people realize. It’s important to take the time to improve your oral health in order to improve the health of your teeth and gums.