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Dry Mouth is a common symptom and may be caused by prescription drugs which limit saliva production, or sleeping with your mouth open.

Not only is a dry mouth uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it can affect your dental health.  Saliva is essential to neutralise plaque acids that cause tooth decay.

Plaque is a sticky soft bacterial deposit that sticks to your teeth especially close to the gumline and inbetween the teeth.

When you eat foods which contain sugars and starches bacteria produces plaque acids, which if not removed can damage the enamel on your teeth or combine with minerals to harden and form tartar deposits around your teeth.

Plaque will always be produced, but with careful brushing and flossing you can minimise its effects on your oral health, regular chewing of a sugar free gum can also help to reduce the amount of plaque which forms.

Brush your teeth twice daily, use inter-dental brushes and visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care regularly for advice on controlling this problem.  0115 9602717.

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