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Treating dry mouth includes being aware of what it is. Dry mouth is an oral health condition that on its own isn’t particularly dangerous to your mouth, but it can lead to several health risks. This is because dry mouth causes a downturn in the saliva. This can give rise to several health risks including tooth decay and gum disease. Common questions regarding dry mouth include the following:

What is the significance of dry mouth?
Dry mouth is a condition in which there is an inadequate flow of saliva in your mouth.

How can dry mouth lead to further dental damage?
If dry mouth is left untreated, it can increase your risk for gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, dental erosion, difficulties breathing or eating properly as well as a sore throat.

What are the benefits of treating dry mouth?
By treating dry mouth, you can lower your risk for several oral health problems and make sure that your mouth is producing enough saliva to keep your mouth clean and free of debris.

What are some of the risk factors for dry mouth?
Medications are a known risk factor for dry mouth as they often produce dry mouth as a side effect. Another rare risk factor for dry mouth is an autoimmune disease known as Sjogren’s Syndrome, a condition in which the glands that produce saliva are routinely attacked by your body’s own immune system. To determine what is causing your dry mouth, visit your dentist.

Now is the best time to visit the dentist office of Ranson & Ranson DDS PC Family Dental for dry mouth treatments. Dr. Ron Ranson and our team at our office in Morton, Illinois, is here to ensure you receive the needed care to keep your smile in excellent condition. We can be reached by calling us at 309-263-2021.