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Dry Mouths and Cavities in South East London

27 / 01 / 2012

The mouth relies on saliva to form a natural defense against bacteria developing into plaque and tartar. To maintain this, you should strive for a high level of oral hygiene, a good diet and try to cut out, or at least, down on bad habits such as smoking. Because if you don’t, you are in serious danger of getting a dry mouth and it can lead to some pretty nasty situations such as trouble with your speech, difficulty in chewing and swallowing and bad breath- to name a few. But it can also lead to the development of cavities; it’s because of the lack of saliva to protect the surface of the teeth, and because bacteria flourishes, the gums can become diseased and tooth decay can set in. Acids in the foods cannot be broken down so easily without saliva and so they start to eat away at the teeth’s enamel and sooner or later, break into the tooth and then cavities start to form. And all of these things thrown into the mix can lead to periodontal disease and in the end, the loss of all of your teeth. A dry mouth needs to be rectified as soon as you start to experience any problems, and the only way to start doing this is to seek professional advice from your dentist. For some people, it can be a long road back to a healthy, hydrated mouth, but one you must take.

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