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Not all oral health symptoms occur due to the food you eat or oral accidents or injuries. One such disorder is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva in your mouth to actively protect it from bacteria and plaque buildup. Fortunately, there are ways it can be treated.

Dry mouth can be caused by genetics, the foods you eat, side effects of products, or underlying diseases. If your dry mouth is caused as a side effect of medication, stop taking the medication and speak with your dentist as soon as possible for effective treatment plans. Saliva is essential for optimum oral health as it can neutralize acids, wash away harmful bacteria, and clear your mouth of debris. Alternative oral health utensils such as water flossers and sugarless gum can be slightly effective in increasing the rate at which saliva manifest.

If you do suffer from dry mouth, numerous oral health conditions can arise. One of the most prevalent cases that can arise due to dry mouth is gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and the eventual need for gingival grafts, also known as gum grafts. With a gum graft, our oral surgeons can help replace your gum tissue.

For any additional questions or concerns about gum grafts, Aspire Surgical is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Mark Ryser and our team at our dentist office in Taylorsville, Utah, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 801-261-2444. We want to ensure your teeth remain clean for a lifetime to come.