Why Is Dry Mouth Risky For Your Teeth?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Gibsonton Dental Patients?Hello, welcome to the Your Time Dental Urgent Care blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually impact oral health.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common dilemma, especially among older adults. However, individuals 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 Gibsonton) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.

It is common for allergy-prone Your Time Dental Urgent Care dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is needed 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 dry mouth treatments, call Your Time Dental Urgent Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Kernagis.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida v33534

South Shore Phone: 813-519-0128

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B,
Lithia, FL 33547
Fish Hawk Phone: 813-710-9789

 

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