Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that is marked by low saliva production. While a dry mouth makes it difficult to speak and swallow, it can also put your oral health in danger. In fact, your saliva does much more than you think in terms of protecting your teeth and gums.
There is good reason why our bodies naturally produce saliva. Saliva can aid in digestion and help break down food, but it also acts as a natural preventative treatment for your smile each day. Delta Dental gives us some primary roles that saliva can play towards your oral health:
Now that you realize what proper amounts of saliva can do for your oral health, it is easy to understand the dangers of not having enough, such as when you have dry mouth. When saliva production is too low, you are at risk for cavities, gum disease, bad breath and digestion problems. Unfortunately, there are many things that can cause a dry mouth, including certain medications, dehydration, cancer treatments, Sjögren’s syndrome, diabetes, mouth breathing and smoking.
Regardless of the cause of your dry mouth, it is important that you seek relief from your dentist. At West Hill Family Dental, we can offer effective remedies for your dry mouth condition. In addition, we can monitor your oral health more closely if your xerostomia is something you can’t control. This may include more diligent oral hygiene efforts and more frequent dental visits. Call today to schedule your appointment. We treat the entire family in one place!
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Loved the doctor & excellent staff! Extremely welcoming. When you walk in you are always greeted with a smile, and the office is very clean and up to date. One of the best dental experiences I have had and I will definitely come back!
Dr. Hemphill really cares about his patients and the staff make you feel so welcome and comfortable. Great choice for a dental practice.
I do not dread going to the dentist any more, even if I need something more than a cleaning. They are great people, always upbeat, always honest, and very accommodating. I love my visits and appreciate their expertise and care!
Great office, very welcoming I was treated like a member of the family. My small problems were taken care of fast and comfortably
Dr Hemphill and his team are amazing. As a dental provider myself I can't recommend them enough to anyone looking for a great general dentist with a wonderful staff!
Great service and great people. I used to hate going to the Dentist. Very nice and courteous dental staff. Helpful front desk staff who can figure out your dental plan and give you an actual price.
Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.
Great experience getting my first crown. Dr.Hemphill and team are gentle and made everything painless! Definitely would recommend anyone who is looking for a dentist.