In this message from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can negatively affect oral health.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common problem, especially among older adults. However, men and women of all ages 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 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 Mint Hill) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone people to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. 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 dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for treatment, call us at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill to schedule an appointment. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
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