The Dry Mouth Drought

It’s easy to know when you suffer from dry mouth: you experience a constant sensation of dryness and may also develop sores and cracked skin in the corners of your mouth, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, a burning tongue, thick saliva, increased plaque and tooth decay. The presence of dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, it’s highly detrimental to your dental health.

If you suffer from dry mouth, a condition that prevents your body from producing adequate saliva, your teeth are at risk of enamel loss and decay. Saliva fights plaque, bacteria and acid by providing tooth enamel with calcium and phosphate ions. Without saliva to keep up the fight between periods of brushing and flossing, the enamel is vulnerable to erosion. To reduce the risk of erosion, ask Dr. Dr. John Oliver about possible fluoride treatments or chewing sugar-free gum that contain Recaldent and xylitol.

Dry mouth is a common side effect of medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, high blood pressure regulators and muscle relaxants. If you suffer from dry mouth and suspect your medications are to blame, talk to Dr. Dr. John Oliver about altering/reducing your prescription.

Dry mouth isn’t always avoidable, but you don’t have to live with the consequences. Contact Smiles Dental at 541.787.4733 and schedule a time to come see us in Grants Pass, Oregon. We’re here for you and your smile.