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Dry Mouth Can Lead to Long-Term Oral Health Problems
Saliva performs multiple functions in the mouth. Saliva maintains a neutral pH level, assists in removing food particles, and halts the spread of harmful microorganisms. Dry mouth is a condition where the salivary glands produce very little or no saliva.

Left untreated, dry mouth can cause a variety of short-term as well as long-term oral complications. Most cases of dry mouth can be resolved by drinking more water or by sucking sugar-free candies; instances of dry mouth that are not remedied by these measures will require professional care to fix.

Severe Complications that are Associated with Dry Mouth

Dry mouth creates an oral environment that is ideal for harmful microorganisms to thrive and reproduce. This can lead to the formation of plaque and tartar, the onset of tooth decay, and the beginning of gum disease and gingivitis. The irritated soft tissues in the mouth can form persistent sores. Fungi in the mouth can trigger outbreaks of yeast infections. The difficulties involved in chewing and swallowing can negatively impact the patient's diet, reducing the amount of nutrients that the patient consumes. And dry mouth can complicate or outright prevent the fitting and functionality of dentures.

Contact our office today if you have persistent dry mouth that is not cured with increased water intake or sucking on sugar-free candies. Our team will perform a dental exam and ask you questions about your health history to determine the cause(s) of your dry mouth and develop methods to remedy your instances of dry mouth.

Tips for Caring for New Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is an oral care technique that repairs chipped teeth or provides aesthetic adjustment for oddly-shaped teeth. One benefit of dental bonding is that caring for a dental bond is no different from caring for natural teeth.

Simple Steps for Effective Bonding Care

The most effective means of maintaining dental bonding is with standard oral care: brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash. Patients with dental bonding should refrain from chewing on hard materials, especially non-consumables such as pens or fingernails. Routine dental appointments to monitor the dental bonding will be necessary as well.

Contact our office today if you have questions or concerns about your dental bonding.

Raw Produce Keep Mouths Healthy
It is common knowledge that a healthy diet leads to a healthy body. Foods with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds bolster our bodies' functions. In regard to good oral health, raw produce is one of the best types of food.

Benefits of Eating Raw Produce

Firm produce, such as carrots and apples, prompt the generation of saliva, preventing dry mouth and the complications it triggers. Leafy greens are high in calcium, which fortifies enamel, and the nutrients in leafy greens combat harmful bacteria responsible for gum disease. Many fruits and vegetables have high concentrations of vitamin C, which also prevents the spread of harmful microorganisms. Fruits with malic acid can act as natural teeth-whiteners. The textures of some produce, including celery and apples, cause them to dislodge trapped food particles.

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Woods Family Dentistry | woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



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