There are many dangerous situations that can crop up in the mouth on a daily basis in the city of Leeds and all can affect your oral health in the long run, one of which is suffering from a dry mouth. This is a condition that seems harmless enough, yet can do an awful lot of damage. The causes of the condition are many, but essentially the end result is the same- a lack of saliva in the mouth, the natural deterrent against bacteria. Much of this condition can be attributed to lifestyle- heavy drinking, smoking and poor diet, but there are other more complex reasons behind having a dry mouth: long term illness and heavy medication can attack the body’s immune system and cause a breakdown in saliva levels, as can hormonal changes caused by pregnancy; poor oral hygiene can also lead to a dry mouth. In the long run, you should look at all of these factors if you are to overcome it and then discuss the problem with your dentist. The mouth also needs to be kept in a state of hydration through drinking lots of water and sucking on sugar-free sweets each day. You should try to avoid caffeine based drinks and alcohol based mouth-washes, as they can add to the dryness, and definitely improve on your oral hygiene and diet, whilst reducing the things that are bad for you. If you address the problem from all angles, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.