(BPT) - You may have felt like your mouth is dry on occasion — on a hot day, when you’re thirsty, or maybe when you feel nervous before making a presentation at work. But if you're experiencing chronic dry mouth, it’s more than just a mild inconvenience or temporary unpleasant feeling. Dry mouth can lead to both medical and dental issues down the road.
Dry mouth (also known as xerostomia) occurs when the salivary glands in your mouth aren’t regularly producing enough saliva, drying out your mouth. And according to the Mayo Clinic, saliva fulfills important functions for your oral and dental health, such as washing away food particles, limiting bacterial growth and helping protect tooth enamel.