Did you know your medications could be the cause of your chronic dry mouth? There are over 400 medications that list dry mouth as one of the common side effects. Saliva is a natural lubricant that fights infection and keeps your oral health balanced. Dr. Brenda Paulen encourages patients experiencing dry mouth to schedule an oral exam. Dry mouth can cause an increase in tooth decay and should be addressed as soon as possible.
What Is Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth occurs when your body is not making enough saliva. Medications, hormonal changes, and age can cause dry mouth. You may know you have dry mouth if you experience the following symptoms:
- Thick or Stringy saliva
- Rough, dry tongue
- Cracked lips, mouth sores
- Burning sensation
- Altered taste
- Dry mouth or throat
If you think you are suffering from dry mouth let Dr. Paulen know at your next comprehensive dental exam. Dr. Paulen may be able to make recommendations on how to treat or manage our dry mouth.
Why Treat Dry Mouth
Aside from just being uncomfortable, a lack of saliva can lead to tooth decay. Saliva is your body’s first defense against plaque build up. Without saliva, your mouth can become inflamed and irritated. Saliva neutralizes acids produced by plaque and that makes you more likely to develop tooth decay.
Schedule An Appointment
Visiting our Atlanta dentist office twice a year can help keep your oral health in prime condition. Dr. Paulen provides thorough oral and dental health exams and cleanings that can help deter the development of advanced oral health conditions. Contact Proud Smiles or schedule an appointment online.