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I have dry mouth and painful gums? Does not having enough saliva makes you get gum disease?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Saliva tends to reduce bactria in the mouth.
When the mouth is dry harmful bacteria will proliferate and cause infection in the gums.

In brief: Yes
Saliva tends to reduce bactria in the mouth.
When the mouth is dry harmful bacteria will proliferate and cause infection in the gums.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Contributes, yes.
A dry mouth is not good, nor is it normal.
Unfortunately it can be a side effect of some health issues, and many medications. Saliva is your friend, as it buffers the acids from the bacteria in your mouth. Without adequate saliva, decay and gum disease become more prevalent. See your dentist to help manage this, and see your md to determine the cause of the dry mouth.

In brief: Contributes, yes.
A dry mouth is not good, nor is it normal.
Unfortunately it can be a side effect of some health issues, and many medications. Saliva is your friend, as it buffers the acids from the bacteria in your mouth. Without adequate saliva, decay and gum disease become more prevalent. See your dentist to help manage this, and see your md to determine the cause of the dry mouth.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Excellent answer!
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Unclear, unlikely.
This is a nonspecific finding that may be due to many things.
It may be because of too little fluids, or it may be due to a chemical called Atropine which produces, among other things, dry mouth. Gum disease is due more likely to a lack of vitamin c in the diet, which causes scurvy. Even more likely is gingivitis, which does cause painful gums and is due to poor oral hygeine. See the dentist.

In brief: Unclear, unlikely.
This is a nonspecific finding that may be due to many things.
It may be because of too little fluids, or it may be due to a chemical called Atropine which produces, among other things, dry mouth. Gum disease is due more likely to a lack of vitamin c in the diet, which causes scurvy. Even more likely is gingivitis, which does cause painful gums and is due to poor oral hygeine. See the dentist.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: Saliva functions
With less saliva you build up more plaque than you did when your saliva flow was normal.
The dryness and the plaque can contribute to gingivitis/bleeding gums.

In brief: Saliva functions
With less saliva you build up more plaque than you did when your saliva flow was normal.
The dryness and the plaque can contribute to gingivitis/bleeding gums.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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