Over 4 million Americans suffer from dry mouth or Sjögren’s syndrome. Unfortunately, dry mouth can lead to increased oral health problems. Dr. Milestone from Milestone Orthodontics in Bloomfield explains that when individuals have Sjögren’s syndrome, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks tear ducts and saliva. This in turn leads to constant dryness.
Even though saliva isn’t a desirable topic to talk about, saliva has a very important job — saliva helps protect teeth and gums from bacteria. When there is a lack of saliva, an individual’s teeth are unprotected and leave them susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. One important characteristic of saliva is that it is rich in calcium and minerals. When saliva washes over your teeth, the calcium and minerals get deposited over your teeth strengthening the enamel. Saliva also helps to dilute the acidity in your mouth, especially after you eat.
If you suffer from dry mouth, Milestone Orthodontics says you may want to check your medicine cabinet. There are medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers and antidepressants that can contribute to dry mouth. If dry mouth continues to be a problem, you may need to change your medication regiment.
Healthy gums should appear pink and firm with no redness or swollen. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and see your dentist regularly. Let Milestone Orthodontics help you keep your mouth healthy. Call Milestone Orthodontics in Bloomfield with any questions.