Dry Mouth – Not Just a Nuisance | Wesley Chapel FL Dentist

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Some of the oral health issues commonly associated with dry mouth include: 

  • Much higher rates of tooth decay 
  • Oral yeast infection 
  • Bad breath (halitosis) 
  • Periodontal (gum) disease 
  • Constant sore throat 
  • Soft tissue infections 
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Denture discomfort 

The most common cause of chronic dry mouth is medication. More than 400 over-the-counter and prescription medications include dry mouth as a frequent side effect. Dry mouth is also associated with stress, autoimmune and other systemic diseases, hormonal changes, radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancers, and salivary gland disease. 

You may find relief from dry mouth through a variety of methods. Some easy options to help alleviate your dry mouth include: 

  • Increased water intake 
  • Sugar-free candies or gum 
  • Artificial saliva, as recommended by doctor or dentist 
  • Alcohol-free mouthwash 
  • Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated soft drinks 
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home 
  • Change in medication, only as directed by doctor 

Brush and floss regularly to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications. 

If you are experiencing dry mouth, make an appointment and be sure to tell our team. We will review your medications and perform a thorough dental exam to check for any potential underlying oral health issues. 

For more information about dry mouth, contact Seven Oaks Dentistry & Sleep Medicine of Wesley Chapel.

Seven Oaks Dentistry & Sleep Medicine of Wesley Chapel
Phone: 813-907-7313
2112 Ashley Oaks Circle
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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2112 Ashley Oaks Circle
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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