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Why dry mouth is no joke
Updated: 11/1/2011 5:00:05 PM

For example, The Mayo Clinic states that having inadequate saliva production can affect the health of a person There are many things that can affect a person's dental health, such as how much they brush and how often they go to the dentist. Many people experience dry mouth, which is characterized by a lack of saliva production. While individuals may think this isn't a major issue, having a dry mouth can lead to some serious problems. 

For example, The Mayo Clinic states that having inadequate saliva production can affect the health of a person's teeth. The Times-Herald Record, a New York news source, recently reported on the importance of taking care of dry mouth.

"[Saliva] contains calcium, phosphate, fluoride and buffering agents. These help neutralize the acids produced by dental plaque after sugar consumption and promote the re-mineralization of tooth structure," said Cindy Flanagan, D.D.S., quoted by the news provider.

The Mayo Clinic adds that enzymes in saliva aid in digestion, which promotes good overall health. Regularly visiting the dentist can help an individual ensure that they are getting the oral care they need. Their are many affordable dental plans on the market that can help people make dental health a priority.  

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