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Having a dry mouth can be uncomfortable and annoying – especially if you can’t enjoy eating or socialising! But a lack of saliva, if untreated, can have more significant effects on your oral health and your quality of life, including:

  • Bad breath
  • A sore or sensitive mouth and lips
  • An increased risk of tooth decay
  • Mouth infections
  • Loose-fitting dentures
  • A painful or rough tongue
  • Tooth loss
  • Difficulty swallowing dry foods
  • Lipstick sticking to your teeth

Saliva does more than just keep your mouth lubricated:

  • It helps protect teeth from the acids and sugars in your diet, helping to prevent tooth decay
  • It helps remove bacteria and residual food from your mouth
  • The anti-microbial mechanisms of saliva help control the balance of bacteria in your mouth
  • It helps keep the tissues of your mouth including your tongue, lips, cheeks and gums healthy
  • It helps you to swallow and digest food and even facilitates taste