Dry Mouth (Xerostomia): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Saliva is a clear liquid that is made by the salivary glands in your mouth. While saliva is mostly made up of water (about 98%), it also contains various substances that keep your mouth and teeth healthy and functioning normally. These substances include antibacterial compounds, mucous, electrolytes and enzymes. Lack of saliva can cause dry mouth (xerostomia). Why Is Saliva Important? Saliva plays many important roles. Some of these include: Saliva neutralizes acids in the mouth that wear down tooth enamel. This helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay It also helps to remove food particles stuck between dental crevices Saliva begins the process of digestion of dietary starches and fats by producing an enzyme called amylase. Amylase breaks down starch, moltrose, and dextrose into smaller molecules Saliva moistens food, thus making it easier for you to chew and swallow Fights germs in your mouth to prevent bacterial infections,…

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