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Optimum oral health includes being aware of underlying conditions that can exacerbate the risk of tooth decay and dental erosion. Xerostomia, more commonly referred to as dry mouth, is a condition that can drastically impair your oral health if it is not treated in time. To help protect your mouth against the risks of dry mouth, it is important to implement saliva-producing routines into your lifestyle and eliminate or protect yourself against the risk factors that can arise. For more information about dry mouth, take the following quiz:

Question 1: What causes dry mouth?
A: Sjogren’s Syndrome
B: various medications
C: tooth extractions
D: both A and B

Question 2: Which of the following is considered an advantage to treating dry mouth?
A: eliminating dry mouth can increase your oral health
B: saliva flow is essential for neutralizing harmful acids in your mouth and washing away food particles and debris
C: eliminating dry mouth can lower your risk for several oral health ailments
D: all of the above

Question 3: Which of the following is linked to dry mouth?
A: an increased risk of dental erosion
B: an increased risk for gum disease
C: cavities
D: all of the above

Question 4: Which of the following are treatments for dry mouth?
A: frequent visits to your dentist
B: the avoidance of medications that produce dry mouth as a side effect
C: saliva produced using substances such as crunchy foods with a high water content or sugarless chewing gum after meals
D: all of the above

Answer Key:
A, D, D, D

If you would like to book an exam for a dry mouth treatment with Dr. Charles Peter and the rest of our team, you are welcome to call our dentist office at 727-785-7202 for an appointment in Clearwater, Florida.