Hello, welcome to the Excellence In Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Anchorage cosmetic dental patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older adults, however, people of all ages in the Anchorage area 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 Anchorage 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 Anchorage) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Excellence In Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Anchorage hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Anchorage dental patients, which may require restorative dentistry. 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 Anchorage 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 Excellence In Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Johnson. We also offer sedation dentistry for those who experience dental anxiety.
When you visit Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Kirk Johnson can give you an accurate diagnosis.