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A common oral health ailment that afflicts individuals of all ages and oral hygiene levels is dry mouth. Dry mouth is an oral health condition that arises due to a lack of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is extremely important for your oral health care because it can help neutralize acids but commonly attack your teeth and gums. If children suffer from dry mouth, they are at a higher risk for tooth decay.

Dry mouth is often the side effect of numerous products or substances your child may be taking. It can even be commonly found as a side effect of medications they may be taking, even ones that are healthy for their body. If left untreated, dry mouth will increase your child’s risk for numerous ailments and can even lead to gum disease.

Dry mouth increases your child’s risk for cavities, sore throat, issues breathing and swallowing and difficulty chewing properly. Fortunately, it can be treated. One effective but commonly overlooked treatment for dry mouth is chewing sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum has been known to help increase the rate at which your mouth produces saliva.

If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your child’s possible dry mouth treatments with Dr. Andrea Miller and our team at Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County, please call (440)266-1740 to set up a visit to our pediatric dentist office in Mentor, Ohio. The time is now to make the change you wish to see in your child’s oral health.