Many people don't realize that saliva is one of the prime elements your body uses to fight plaque and prevent tooth decay. Saliva serves to break down plaque and rinse away cavity-causing bacteria and other harmful materials.
Dry mouth, cause by a diminished saliva production, can lead to other oral health problems. Many people suffer from dry mouth for a number of reasons, and dry mouth symptoms are varied. In addition to a dry mouth, dry mouth symptoms might also include bad breath, an overly sensitive tongue, chronic thirst or even difficulty in speaking.
Some of the causes of dry mouth might be a medical condition, aging and a compromised immune system, medications, or simply certain foods that you have recently eaten.
Dry mouth symptoms may be indicators of a worsening condition and can lead to serious oral health problems, such as burning tongue syndrome, a painful condition caused by lack of moisture on the tongue.
If you experience dry mouth that isn't cause by a medication or medical condition, then it can be easily remedied by sipping water regularly, chewing sugarless gum and avoiding smoking. Of course, there is no substitute for regular checkups and good oral hygiene.