We all need saliva to moisten our mouths, as well as to digest food. Saliva keeps the mouth healthy and prevents infection as it controls bacteria and fungi in the mouth. Saliva is essential to enabling you to taste what you eat and drink. It rinses food away from your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. If your salivary glands don't produce enough saliva, you might suffer from dry mouth.
Saliva is made by the salivary glands. The major salivary glands include the large parotid glands, which are located just behind the ears, the submandibular glands, and the small sublingual glands, which are located on the mouth floor.1-3
The Salivary Glands
Dry mouth is a lot more than just feeling thirsty
It’s important to understand that dry mouth is not a disease, but is a symptom of oral problems and may arise from one of several different causes. The most common trigger of dry mouth is as a side effect of medical treatments or due to a specific medical condition. If you think you may be experiencing dry mouth, speak to your doctor. With proper treatment, dry mouth may be managed well without changing other medications you may be taking, which could be causing the condition, or lowering your quality of life.
Aquoral is an FDA approved protective oral spray proven to lessen the effects of dry mouth with an excellent safety profile.
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