Saliva is an important part of good oral health. Without an adequate flow, you’d find it very difficult to chew and swallow. If you have a problem with dry mouth, let us know at Almeida & Bell Dental Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry in Lone Tree CO.
Saliva is produced by several glands in and around the mouth, and it is mostly water. No surprise there! Aside from chewing and keeping your mouth moist, saliva fights germs in your mouth and helps prevent bad breath.
Sometimes people have a reduced flow of saliva, a condition known as xerostomia (pronounced zero-STO-me-uh). It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and can lead to discomfort and swelling.
Medications that Cause Dry Mouth
- Appetite suppressants
- Certain blood pressure medicine
- Certain pain medication
Dry mouth can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so if these symptoms sound familiar to you, let us know.
At Almeida & Bell Dental Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry in Lone Tree CO, we keep a close watch on the oral health of our patients. People from Highlands Ranch, Denver, and Littleton come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us to schedule your next checkup today!
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