Dry Mouth An Overview
Nearly everyone experiences intermittent dry mouth. For millions of people, though, dry mouth is a chronic condition that they suffer with every day.
Xeorostomia, the condition known as dry mouth, can be caused by numerous things. It is a common side effect of many prescription medications and more common as we age. Long term dry mouth can contribute to a number of dental problems including dental cavities and gum disease.
The Effects of Dry Mouth
Saliva serves a very important role in dental health:
- Protects and strengthens tooth enamel
- Delivers important minerals
- Washes away food and plaque
- Neutralizes acid and bacteria
- Keeps breath fresh
Dry Mouth What to Expect
Dr. Sowell may recommend simple habits and lifestyle changes to increase saliva production such as drinking more water, chewing sugarless gum, and avoiding certain food and drinks.
Treatment for Dry Mouth
Dr. Sowell offers customized rinses, gels and moisturizers to relieve the symptoms of dry mouth and prevent gum disease, cavities and bad breath. Treatment is personalized for the patient to restore the ideal oral chemistry. Rinses are used one or more times per day. Gels are applied using custom trays.
Visit Our Plano Dental Office
If you are suffering from dry mouth, contact Dr. Mark Sowell’s dental office in Plano, Texas for a consultation. Call (972) 382-6855 or request an appointment online.