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We’ve all had moments when our mouth has run dry. It may be the result of fear or stress, or even an illness. But for many it is a regular part of their lives and it can cause problems for their mouths and teeth. Here is what you should know if you are dealing with dry mouth.

Dry mouth is the result of not enough saliva flowing through your mouth. It can be the symptom of another medical condition or it can be brought on by certain medications.

Saliva is much more important than you may realize. Saliva helps wash away the bacteria that cause cavities and other infections. It helps you to chew, swallow and digest food. Symptoms include cracked lips, mouth sores, a dry throat, and trouble chewing, swallowing or speaking.

Because dry mouth can have such an impact on your oral health, it’s important that you talk with Dr. Jim Kelly if you are experiencing any of those symptoms. Dr. Kelly may want to speak with your physician about changing your medication, or he may prescribe a medication to help your salivary glands work more effectively. You can also sip water more often, especially during meals; and avoid drinks that contain caffeine. Chewing sugarless gum and sucking on sugar-free hard candies can help jump start the salivary glands. You may also want to try using a humidifier at night.

Dr. Kelly and his staff at Dr. Jim Kelly Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona can help you with the effects of dry mouth. If you are suffering from any of those symptoms, call us today for an appointment at 602-954-1901.