You may think, especially if you’re in your fifties or better, that a dry mouth is just something that comes with the territory – that it’s an annoyance to be dealt with and not a real cause for concern. But dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia, can create an oral environment ripe for decay and disease and, ultimately, damage your smile.
If you live in or near Hallandale Beach FL, you’ve got allies in the battle against dry mouth. Dr. Michael Simon and Dr. Brian Nitzberg are leading-edge dentists who help patients alleviate dry mouth and repair the damage caused by this harmful condition.
Dry Mouth is…
Simply stated, dry mouth is a lack of adequate saliva flow. You might wonder why diminished saliva flow is a big deal. Well, saliva is an unsung hero when it comes to oral health. Saliva keeps the mouth moist and comfortable; aids in chewing, swallowing, and digestion; and washes away harmful fungi and bacteria. In short, saliva helps maintain a healthy mouth.
Dangers of Dry Mouth
A dry mouth is one in which harmful bacteria can flourish. This situation can increase your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and other oral conditions.
Causes of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth has lots of causes, including:
- Nerve damage to the head or neck
- Chemo and radiation therapy
- Certain medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure and depression
- Diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and diabetes
Treating Dry Mouth
After your consultation and examination with Dr. Simon or Dr. Nitzberg, the doctor may recommend lifestyle changes that include eliminating tobacco and alcohol, sipping water throughout the day, and/or chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow. Your recommended treatment plan will be based on your unique needs. If your medication plays a role in dry mouth, we can team with your medical doctor to ensure that you receive the care you deserve for a healthy smile and a healthy body.