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A 34-year-old female asked:

can dry mouth cause tooth enamel thinning? i am a mouth breather while i am sleeping, that is the only time i have dry mouth at night.

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Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 21 years experience
YES: Dry mouth, or xerostomia is a common factor in tooth decay. When your mouth dries out, the saliva that is full of the enzymes and minerals that help to keep your teeth strong cannot do its job because, well, its gone! try biotene products to get back those important enzymes and minerals, as well as see your ENT or physician to determine if your mouth breathing is caused nasal obstructions.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Partly cause it: Dry mouth will put you at risk for tooth decay because you do not have the salvia to remove the bacterium and their toxins easliy. There is more friction between your teeth so the enamel can wear quicker. Control your diet, reduce acids. Medication can cause dry mouth. Biogtene products can help. Sugarless gums. See dentist about mi paste. Find the cause of your dry mouth if you can.

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Last updated Jul 10, 2015

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