2 Dry Mouth Disasters & How To Avoid Them
Posted on 2/27/2018 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
|Did dry mouth lead to a few disappointments during your romantic Valentine's date? When it comes to sharing kisses with your sweetie, dry mouth can be quite the mood spoiler. It can also spell disaster in more ways than one!
Our team at Tieken Smiles Dentistry wants to share two dry mouth disasters and how you can avoid them with dry mouth treatment in our League City, TX dental office!
Your Dental Health Depends On Your Saliva
You need plenty of water each day to stay hydrated and healthy. You also need it to keep your mouth healthy and your lips kissably soft. Here are other advantages to saliva:
||It keeps all the smelly bits of food from sticking to your teeth because it washes that debris away.
||The natural ingredients of your saliva strengthen your teeth and fight harmful bacteria.
||It protects you from cavities and gum disease.
||It seals out staining pigments that could stick to your teeth and stain them otherwise.
Disaster #1: Smelly Breath
This isn't something you hear a lot about. The connection isn't all that obvious at a glance, but dry mouth can certainly be a disaster for your breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, can put a real damper on your love life! That's why today's blog should be very helpful for you.
Yes, you want to protect your teeth, but you also want to feel confident that your breath is fresh. Dehydration cuts your saliva flow, which means sugar and debris will stay behind in your mouth much longer. This can give off a foul order and make your breath repellant.
That's one of the most basic of all dating don'ts!
Disaster #2: Dental Problems & Gum Disease
Dry mouth is more than uncomfortable. It's an oral health threat. Here's how!
Under normal circumstances, the saliva in your mouth is plentiful enough to do its job, which is to wash your teeth of sugary residue and food particles. Saliva is also responsible for strengthening tooth enamel for its calcium and other beneficial minerals. That combination also naturally fights off harmful bacteria. If you aren't producing enough saliva, there's nothing there to give you extra help cleaning residual sugars from your mouth, giving bacteria exactly what it needs to grow, spread, and cause tooth decay and cavities.
Gum Disease & Tooth Loss
When your teeth are weak, unhealthy, and damaged, you have a greater risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss. Bad bacteria is always looking for the path of least resistance when strategizing ways to infiltrate the inside of your teeth and spread infection. Cracked or chipped teeth, as well as eroded enamel, are practically inviting bacteria in that causes gum disease, and the tooth loss that can result.
Weak Tooth Enamel
Enamel is designed to fortify your teeth, which means it's incredibly strong by design. But it can still be weakened for several reasons. Dry mouth is one of them! Without enough saliva, your teeth don't have the seal of protection they depend on.
As a result, the surfaces of your teeth are burdened by the acidity levels in your food and drinks, as well as the acids created when bacteria feeds on sugar you eat. When those acids eat away at your enamel, it's the perfect entrance for bacteria to get inside through the tiny, almost invisible, traumatized spots your on the surfaces. Additionally, weak tooth enamel means your teeth are at risk for being damaged.
Call For Dry Mouth Treatment
If dry mouth spelled disaster for your special date night this Valentine's Day, at least you know now how to keep that from happening to you next year.
With dry mouth treatment at Tieken Smiles Dentistry in League City, TX, your next Valentine's evening will be a success because your teeth, lips, and mouth will be protected, well-hydrated, and irresistable!
Get the relief you need from dry mouth and avoid potential dental disasters it could cause.
Call Tieken Smiles Dentistry at (281) 942-0444 or contact us to book a visit to our League City, TX dentist office.