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Dry Mouth: It Can Lead To A Host of Dental Problems

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles Explains Dry Mouth: Causes, Associated Problems, and Treatment

Dry mouth—also called xerostomia—results from an inadequate flow of saliva. It is not a disease, but a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications, such as blood pressure medications, antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and even neurological medications for treatment of anti-anxiety and ADHD.

With regular saliva production, your teeth are constantly bathed in a mineral-rich solution that helps keep your teeth strong and resistant to decay.

Dry mouth can lead to extensive tooth decay, gum disease and mouth sores.

Dr. Korenman has seen many people with this problem who have had their dentistry ruined by the rampant root decay.

The best thing people can do is come for a risk assessment and plan for preventing problems such as these. 972-231-0585

Signs You May Have Dry Mouthdry mouth 2

  • Extreme thirst.
  • Waking up in the night needing water.
  • Teeth feel rough like sand.
  • Cheeks stick to your teeth.
  • Lips feel dry.

Other Issues Associated with Dry Mouth

Other health issues can also arise if dry mouth is left untreated. Common problems linked to dry mouth include:

  • Existing dentistry is highly susceptible to decay at the “seams” where the crowns or fillings join the tooth due to the lack of fluid formation.
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Fungal infections in mouth
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore gums/throat
  • Problems with swallowing food
  • Burning sensation in mouth
  • Dry nasal passages
  • Difficulty wearing dentures

Treating Dry Mouth

While there isn’t any cure for dry mouth, the sooner it gets diagnosed the less damage it does to your teeth. Here are some tips for treating your dry mouth.

  • Korenman highly recommends Biotene and Oasis dry mouth products, which can help relieve the symptoms of Dry Mouth caused by medications.
  • Swish with water in addition to drinking it.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash.
  • Chew sugarless gum.
  • Patients with dry mouth should have regular dental checkups with Dr. Korenman and his staff for evaluation and treatment. Please bring up-to-date medication list with you to your appointment at Loveable Smiles.

If you are experiencing a dry mouth as a side effect of your medication, please call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585