Common tooth disease: Sensitive teeth, caries, dry mouth, calculus, gingivitis, periodontitis and bad breath. Dry mouth is associated with sveeral other dental problems including bad breath and tooth decay (dental cavities). Saliva helps clean your mouth by washing away the debris. An inadequate amount of slaiva causes plaque to form which results in many other problems. It is important to consult a dentist if you experience dry mouth problems.
The image shows anatomy of human tooth decay and tooth loss. Tooth decay is the breakdown of teeth due to acids made by bacteria. Saliva produced in our mouths helps to wash away food left outs and reduce the formation of plaque. Dry mouth is a condition in which sufficient saliva is not produced. As such, it can lead to severe tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated. About 30 percent of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Dry mouth at night is a common uncomfortable condition that can affect sleep and oral health. Many sleep problems can occur due to this condition. Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a condition in which the salivary glands in mouth don't make enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. It is generally caused due to the use of certain medications or due to aging problems or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer.