Many folks in our community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems.
People in Alaska should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a very important role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to perform this task your body may not be getting important nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Anchorage area residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.
I am Dr. Kirk Johnson and my staff and I at Excellence In Dentistry have been treating xerostomia since 1987. I recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. I also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.
Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Excellence In Dentistry today at (907) 349-0022 and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older .
Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry or a skilled cosmetic dentist adept at smile design? I invite you to come visit my practice at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage Alaska. My team of dental professionals at Excellence In Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or complete smile makeover.
Our dental menu includes teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, veneers, short term braces, oral cancer screenings, inlays/onlays, andÂ cosmetic dental bonding. If you are nervous about seeing a dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry.
A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth.