Have you ever heard of dry mouth? Dry mouth is a common yet severe oral health disorder that arises when your mouth lacks the necessary saliva to keep it clean. Saliva helps neutralize acids, wash away harmful bacteria, and keep your mouth clear of food debris. If you suffer from dry mouth, it is important to have it treated as soon as you can.
Side effects of dry mouth are wide-ranging, but typically affect your facial area, especially inside your mouth. This includes an increased risk for gum disease, cavities, sore throat, difficulties breathing, difficulty swallowing, and difficulties chewing food properly. If you do suffer from dry mouth, consider active oral health treatment plans to reverse the condition or try simple fixes such as chewing sugarless gum.
Fortunately, dry mouth can be treated through effective plans that you can implement yourself. Numerous products, including medications you may be taking, may be the cause of your dry mouth. If left untreated, dry mouth will lead to various diseases including gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. As gum disease progresses, oral surgery may be needed in the form of gum grafts, also called gingival grafts.
If dry mouth has led to severe gum disease, come in for potential treatment via gum grafts. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Fullmer and our team at our office in Salt Lake City, Utah, call Aspire Surgical at 801-487-3264 and a member of our team will gladly assist you. We look forward to seeing you soon!