Important health tip from Dr Harold Katz: Maintain strong immunity defenses – Avoid dry mouth during cold and flu season
Everyone gets dry mouth from time to time. Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of medications, due to smoking or drinking alcohol, sleep apnea, etc. It’s not only unpleasant. It is also really bad for your health.
Your saliva is in your mouth for a variety of reasons. One of the most important is preventing germs from entering your body. Most germs enter your system through your nose and mouth. Outside of a cut, there are very few paths germs can take to gain entrance to your system.
When your mouth is producing a healthy level of saliva, the environment is inhospitable to most hostile germs. But when your mouth is dry, germs can find it much easier to infect your body as your primary means of defense is out of order. This is particularly worrisome during cold and flu season – when we are all indoors, sharing air with others, and germs are rampant.
Stay healthy this winter and keep your defenses up. Make sure your mouth stays moist. Avoid dry mouth with these 5 quick tips from your friendly Dentist.