For a patient with dry mouth, that dry mouth can come from, the thing that we see most often is medications. And these days a patient will come in and they've got a laundry list that they've typed up to be able to show us what they're on and we need that for a lot of reasons, but one of the big things that we notice a lot, the majority of those medications cause dry mouth. And as our population's getting older and we're seeing living to be older, we're seeing a lot more of those medications. So there's a lot of different ways to treat it, we have a lot of really cool mouth rinses that have oxidants in them, essential oils, that really help keep the mouth lubricated. But one of the biggest things if not, if you don't address it, we see a lot of decay, a lot of teeth that get rampant decay, I mean like decay in places that you don't normally find decay.
And you know, real prime example is if a patient goes through like head and neck cancer treatment, they'll end up getting radiation, usually to the head and neck region, and it'll destroy the salivary glands. If it destroys the salivary glands, I mean there's little to know saliva, and if you don't have them on some sort of fluoride which we also do in the office, those teeth will literally, for a better term, just rot out and fall apart in the mouth. So before, if a patient's diagnosed, I start making sure I give them fluoride to where they can really put the fluoride in the trays and wear it over their teeth while they're going through that treatment and then there's other options after that.
But yeah, dry mouth is a really big issue as a dentist now, we have to stay on top of it or unfortunately the patient can be healthy for years and years and years and then all of a sudden get put on a bunch of medications and have teeth that they're constantly fighting decay.
Dry mouth isn’t just uncomfortable. It can lead to more serious dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. It can also make it tough to wear dentures.
Fortunately, Dr. J. Derek Tieken and the talented dental team at Tieken Smiles Dentistry can treat your dry mouth. Ready for dry mouth treatment? Call our dry mouth treatment League City, TX dentist office at 281-942-6615.
How Dry Mouth Affects Your Dental Health
Dry mouth is characterized by a lack of saliva. This can be painful because it often causes:
- Frequent thirst
- Cracked lips
- Sores in your mouth
- Sore throat
- Difficulties chewing and swallowing
A shortage of saliva also makes your mouth more friendly to bacteria. And bacteria is what causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Treating Dry Mouth
How do we treat dry mouth? We use a line of products, including mouth rinses and gels, from respected brand PerioSciences. These products contain moisturizers and antioxidants to create an environment hostile to bacteria.
We may also suggest more frequent dental cleanings and dental exams so we can closely monitor you for signs of decay and gum disease. And we can protect your teeth from decay with treatments like dental sealants and fluoride varnish.
More Ways to Fight Dry Mouth
We’ll also suggest some anti–dry mouth strategies for you to use at home. Some of these may include:
- Drink lots of water
- Use room vaporizers to add moisture to the air
- Suck on sugar-free mints or chew sugar-free gum
Think you may have dry mouth? Visit our League City, TX dentist office by calling 281-942-6615. Or use our online form to book your dry mouth treatment League City, TX are appointment at Tieken Smiles Dentistry.