Saliva is 99.5% water, but it also contains a host of components that support your health. Key enzymes, suspended in a mucous matrix that lubricates the mouth, comprise the first step in digestion. And other enzymes that destroy bacteria join the complex environment supported by healthy salivary flow. Electrolytes, along with specialized compounds like opiorphin, a pain-killing substance, help support a system that’s easy to take for granted when it works right. Furthermore, saliva helps buffer against acidity, a state that leaves teeth dangerously susceptible to rapid tooth decay.
Numerous causes lurk behind the scenes to hinder the reliable production of saliva. A few of the most common culprits to consider include:
If any of these possibilities could be behind your dry mouth problems, definitive solutions may be difficult to find. However, there are a few tips that will help you reduce both the discomfort and risk associated with xerostomia. Consider the following:
Many other tricks will help you adapt to the challenges of xerostomia. The Fibonacci Smile team will help customize solutions that increase your comfort and decrease your risk of dental problems associated with a dry mouth.