Dry Mouth – Not Just a Nuisance | Dennis Lee DMD

Normal saliva flow is crucial for oral health, as it lubricates swallowing and initiates digestion while also protecting teeth by neutralizing acids and washing away food particles. However, experiencing occasional dry mouth is common, especially due to factors like hot weather, exercise, or dehydration. Yet, chronic dry mouth, or xerostomia, can lead to serious oral health complications. At Experience Dental, Dr. Dennis Lee DMD and our team are here to help you understand and address this issue.

Dry mouth is associated with several oral health problems, including:

  • Higher rates of tooth decay
  • Oral yeast infections
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Denture discomfort

The primary cause of chronic dry mouth is medication. Over 400 medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, list dry mouth as a common side effect. Stress, autoimmune diseases, hormonal changes, radiation or chemotherapy for cancer, and salivary gland diseases are also linked to dry mouth.

Relief from dry mouth can be achieved through various methods, including:

  • Drinking more water
  • Using sugar-free candies or gum
  • Artificial saliva (as recommended by a doctor or dentist)
  • Alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks
  • Using a humidifier to add moisture to indoor air
  • Adjusting medications (only under a doctor’s guidance)

Regular brushing and flossing are essential to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications associated with dry mouth.

If you’re experiencing dry mouth, schedule an appointment at Experience Dental. Dr. Dennis Lee DMD and our team will review your medications and conduct a comprehensive dental exam to identify any underlying oral health issues. For more information about dry mouth or to address any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Experience Dental of McKinney
Email: experiencedentaltx@gmail.com
Phone: 214-385-4460
Url: http://www.experiencedentaltx.com/
7001 S. Custer Rd, Ste 200
McKinney, TX 75070

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