Saliva is an important part of our oral health, which contains proteins, minerals, and antibodies that prevents tooth decay. Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a medical condition due to lack of saliva. Some of the reasons that cause dry mouth include medications, medical treatment, and tobacco use. Good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing after each meal are very important for people who are diagnosed with dry mouth.
Your dentist may suggest a special oral gel or rinse to help restore moisture and reduce your risk for cavities.
Other ways to keep your mouth moisture include:
- Chewing sugar-free gum
- Avoiding carbonated drinks, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol