Saliva plays an important role in your oral health. Saliva moistens and cleanses our mouth and helps digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. This is known as dry mouth.
Dry mouth is a common problem. It can range from being merely a nuisance to something that has a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth, as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food.
Common symptoms include:
- A sticky, dry mouth
- Frequent thirst
- Cracked lips, sores in the mouth, or split skin at the corners of the lips
- A feeling of dryness in the throat
- A dry, red, raw tongue
- A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth, especially on the tongue
- Problems speaking, chewing, or swallowing
- Bad breath
- Dry nasal passages
If you have dry mouth, Dr. Lunt can provide solutions. If left untreated, dry mouth can cause problems including, but aren’t limited to, increased risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, and mouth infections.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.
Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.