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Dangers of a Dry Mouth

January 20, 2012 by  
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Many people take medications that cause their mouth to lack saliva( a side effect). The saliva is one of the protective mechanisms that the mouth has against gum disease and decay. If you have a dry mouth ( lacking in saliva) you are very  likely to get  oral disease. It is very important that you take precautions against the damage that will be done to your teeth and soft tissue. First ,you will need to consider getting your teeth cleaned and checked 3-4 times per year. Secondly, you need to have an Oral-B electric toothbrush(not a battery driven toothbrush).It has been my experience that the Oral_B rechargeable toothbrush is many times better than a hand held or battery driven toothbrush.Some of my patients require a flouride mouth rinse to halt the decalcification of the teeth( from being dried out) as well. Since the mouth is dry, you may need a mouth rinse to help lubricate and moisturize your mouth. The Biotene products are very helpful. They can be found at most pharmacies.

It is very helpful to avoid pop as it is acidic and will etch the teeth . This will cause decay very quickly and it may be wide spread as well. Acid reflux is another source of acid in the oral cavity and so you may need to see your physician about that if it is occurring. We have had a fair number of patients with dry mouth and acid reflux who have lost their teeth as a result. So this is a very serious problem that needs attention as soon as you recognize it.

This article is only a partial treatment of the problem, but hopefully it has been helpful. For more information you can call our office at 765-649-3388 or 317-578-1933 or send me question thru my web site at www.garrysmithdental.com.