Hello, welcome to the Dental Care Today blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Carmel Dental Care Today family dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Carmel adults, however, people of all ages may experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Sometimes dry mouth in Carmel dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Carmel) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Dental Care Today cosmetic dentistry patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Carmel dental patients. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur in the absence of saliva for Carmel dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Dental Care Today to schedule an appointment with holistic dentist, Dr. Dale Behner.
When you visit Dental Care Today near Carmel, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Dale Behner can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Dale Behner
Dental Care Today
9744 Lantern Rd