Think dry mouth is no big deal? Our Murrells Inlet, SC dentists beg to differ! Not only is it uncomfortable, but it creates an environment friendly to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. So dry mouth can lead to dental damage.
At The Smile Center, we can suggest lifestyle changes and products that can ease your symptoms. Call 843-491-5353 for an appointment at our Murrells Inlet, SC dentist office or 843-492-5026 to book a visit to our Georgetown, SC dentist office.
Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay: What’s the Connection?
Saliva is a kind of “secret weapon” against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Bacteria collect in plaque, a sticky film that clings to your teeth. When you eat foods with sugars and starch, they “feed” the bacteria, which then produce acids that eat away your tooth enamel.
Your saliva not only helps wash away remnants of these foods, but it also contains minerals like calcium and phosphate. They help replace the minerals in your enamel that are lost to the damaging acids. So not producing enough saliva is a problem.
Solving Your Dry Mouth Issues
Our Murrells Inlet, SC dentists recommend an antibacterial mouth rinse called Tooth & Gums Tonic. Created by dentists and formulated with essential oils and all-natural ingredients, it can help alleviate symptoms.
It’s also important not to miss your regular dental exams and dental cleanings. Because your mouth is more hospitable to decay-causing bacteria when you have dry mouth, we’ll use tools like DIAGNOdent to find cavities in their early stages. We can also use treatments like fluoride varnish and dental sealants to help protect your teeth against decay.