Understanding how dry mouth can impact your oral health
- Posted on: Oct 15 2019
The team of Sullivan Dental Center works closely with patients to provide general, preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions. However, some conditions may also be improved with the help of our staff. Drs. Frank Sullivan, Clay Couvillon, and Candice Sullivan understand how conditions such as dry mouth can not only impact one’s quality of life, but can also impact their overall oral health and wellness.
What is dry mouth?
Most patients at one time or another have experienced dry mouth. Some patients may have dry mouth when they are dehydrated. Others may develop dry mouth when they are nervous or anxious, like before a presentation. However, some patients deal with dry mouth on a daily basis. This condition, also known as xerostomia, can result in a decrease of saliva that can make eating, speaking, and swallowing uncomfortable. However, with an appropriate diagnosis and treatment, many patients can avoid these issues associated with dry mouth.
What causes dry mouth?
Strenuous exercise, stress, and dehydration can result in the development of temporary dry mouth. However, some patients may experience dry mouth due to other concerns. Sometimes dry mouth can be a common side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants and antihistamines. Other times, dry mouth may be a sign of a more serious health problem including an autoimmune disease, AIDS, or cancer.
How does dry mouth impact my oral health?
Dry mouth is a result of reduced saliva production. Saliva is important for many reasons. It can help start the digestion process, keep food particles off the teeth, neutralize harmful acids, and wash away bacteria. However, if a patient experiences dry mouth, their smile is at great risk of developing bacteria and plaque on the surfaces of the teeth that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, or periodontal disease. This is why it is important to ask a dentist about treatment for chronic dry mouth, or speak to a primary care physician about your medical concerns.
Schedule an appointment with our team today
If you are troubled by dry mouth and are interested in a reliable solution, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Drs. Frank Sullivan, Clay Couvillon, and Candice Sullivan of St. Francisville, LA by calling (225) 635-4422. Our team is here to assist with viable options to address this and other dental health concerns. Our practice is conveniently located at 5436 Commerce Street.
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