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Saliva plays an important role in lubricating your mouth when eating, speaking, and breathing. It also helps to gradually wash away food particles that linger in your mouth after a snack or a meal.

If something affects healthy saliva production, the bacterial matter in your mouth could increase the density of plaque acids, and the promote the development of hardened tartar. If this occurs on a chronic basis it could promote tooth decay and periodontal health problems.

Some prescription medications can reduce saliva production as a common side effect. While you will need to continue taking the medication you might want to talk with your primary physician to see if there are methods for maintaining moisture in your mouth.

Sometimes the easiest remedy is to periodically sip on water or try chewing a sugarless gum that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. If necessary Dr. Amir Nikraz might be able to provide you with a prescription for saliva substitutes.

You also should not dismiss the fact that certain medical conditions affecting the kidneys, liver or blood that can also cause reduced saliva production. This is also somewhat common with the early stages of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the San Clemente, California, area and you have been struggling with any oral health issues you should call 949-366-1177 to set up a consultation with Dr. Amir Nikraz and the staff specialists at Artistic Dentistry.