How can dry mouth cause tooth decay?

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A dry mouth can cause tooth decay. The lack of saliva can cause an increase in cavities. Saliva lubricates and helps neutralize the acid in the decay causing plaque. The less saliva, the more chance of developing cavities. There are medical conditions and medicines that can cause a dry mouth. If you are experiencing a dry mouth, you should see your dentist.

Dry mouth increases your risk for tooth decay. Saliva helps keep food from collecting around your teeth and neutralizes the acids produced by plaque. Those acids damage the hard surfaces of your teeth.

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Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

If you've ever taken an antihistamine, decongestant, antidepressant or a number of other drugs, you may have experienced dry mouth (xerostomia). Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva or your saliva may feel thick and stringy. Si...

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