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Can Dry Mouth Cause Tooth Decay? Encino’s Dental Hygiene Experts Explain June 16, 2016

Encino, San Fernando Valley
Can Dry Mouth Cause Tooth Decay? Encino’s Dental Hygiene Experts Explain, San Fernando Valley, California

A dry, sticky mouth is not only uncomfortable—a lack of saliva can also contribute to tooth decay. French Kiss Oral Wellness in Encino, CA, offers a variety of dental services, including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, and polishing. With a focus on overall oral wellness, these dental hygienists are dedicated to giving every guest top-quality care. Read on to get their expert insight on how a dry mouth can hurt your teeth.  

teeth cleaningThe saliva that normally keeps your mouth moist contains important enzymes that control bacteria. Saliva is also useful for rinsing away bits of food that would otherwise stick to your teeth or gums. It also has the amazing property of neutralizing the acid produced by plaque—that sticky, colorless layer of bacteria always developing on your teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque causes cavities and gum disease. If left alone for too long, plaque can also develop into tartar, a calcified or hardened plaque that gets stuck to the protective enamel or your teeth.

Given the important role that saliva plays in combatting the oral health threats described above, it’s no surprise that a dry mouth can mean trouble! Without adequate saliva, food particles and unwelcome bacteria linger in your mouth, contributing to the possibility of tooth decay and cavities. In some cases, dry mouth can even lead to eventual periodontal disease or infections.

If you find yourself suffering from constant dry mouth, brush your teeth after every meal. An alcohol-free mouthwash is also a good idea. If you want more information on how to deal with dry mouth, the pros at French Kiss Oral Wellness in Encino, CA, can help. Visit their website to find out more about the range of services offered, from teeth cleaning to teeth whitening and more. Give them a call at (818) 290-3162 to schedule your appointment.

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