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Dry Mouth - What Habits Cause Dry Mouth? - Part 4

Aug 22 2017

Dry mouth is an oral health issue that can lead to more serious problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and more. In our fourth, and last, article on dry mouth, Dr. Sato will discuss some habits to break, and things to avoid, in order to minimize your dry mouth.

If you haven’t read the first three parts of our blog, we recommend doing so now.

  • Part One: What is Dry Mouth?
  • Part Two: The Root of the Problem
  • Part Three: Ways to Find Relief

Below, Dr. Sato takes a look at many things you should eliminate or avoid in order to minimize the severeness of your dry mouth.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption as much as possible

Both alcohol and caffeine have the tendency to dehydrate your body. As your body gets more and more dehydrated, you will produce less saliva and experience worse dry mouth.

  • Avoid fruits and juices that contain a high amount of acid (citric fruits)
  • Avoid foods that are high in sodium content
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  • Avoid using tobacco products

On the surface, dry mouth is just something that is annoying to deal with. However, if you do not seek relief/treatment for your dry mouth, it can lead to many, many health issues. Per the Oral Cancer Foundation, almost 1/3 of all cavities found in US adults are a result of dry mouth.

Dr. Sato trusts that this four part blog series on dry mouth can help you better recognize a potentially serious oral health problem and eliminate it as much as possible.

Do you suffer from xerostomia in the Dayton area?

Dr. Sato is always welcoming new patients who are serious about their oral health. If this sounds like you, feel free to contact us today at our office in downtown Dayton.

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