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The saliva in your mouth plays several important roles. Not the least of which is to help wash away food particles after you’re done eating. At the same time, chronic dry mouth also promotes the natural bacteria living in your mouth, increasing your chances of developing tooth decay. There are several potential causes of dry mouth and there are different methods to mitigate them.

Some prescription medications result in decreased saliva production. While you will need to continue taking the medication per your doctor’s orders, there are still ways to maintain adequate moisture in your mouth. This could be as simple as sipping on water periodically through the day. In some extreme cases, there are prescription saliva substitutes that might also help.

Dry mouth can also be the result of chronic dehydration issues. This is even more likely to be the case if you abuse alcohol on a frequent basis. At the same time, frequent tobacco use can also impair the function of saliva glands in your mouth.

There are certain medical conditions that affect the kidneys, liver or blood that can also cause reduced saliva production. This can also be the result of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you have been struggling with dry mouth issues in Pell City, Alabama, and you need help identifying the source, you can always call 205-884-2370 to set up a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Scott Barnett, at Pell City Dental Center PC.