“Cotton mouth,” or “dry mouth,” is a common problem seen by dentists that is mostly caused by factors that have nothing to do with teeth.
But there is an unfortunate and possibly damaging effect that dentists and patients do have to deal with: cavities.
A side effect of many prescription and over-the-counter drugs is production of less saliva, said Dr. Eric Salud, lead dentist at Complete Comfort Dental in Channahon.
“Saliva counteracts the acidity in what we eat and drink. When the body doesn’t produce enough saliva, the acidity eats away at the teeth,” he said.
Dry mouth also raises your risk of gingivitis (gum disease), and mouth infections.
Regular flossing and brushing help, but Dr. Salud also recommends: