Dry mouth can cause oral health problems because reduced saliva can lead to a rapid formation of tooth decay, especially at the gum line.
Saliva has many benefits to your oral and overall health. It:
Dry mouth is a condition where your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist and healthy.
Untreated, dry mouth may lead to other dental problems, including failure of dental work, denture sores, and thrush. If you wear dentures, dry mouth can also make it challenging to keep your dentures in place.
As part of your dental exam, your dentist will look at your mucous membranes. If they determine that the membranes are drier than normal, they will diagnose you with dry mouth.
To help treat dry mouth, your dentist may prescribe a fluoride toothpaste, gel, rinse, or other medication designed to increase saliva flow or provide additional protection against tooth decay. If your condition is due to a salivary gland obstruction, cyst, or tumor, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.