Hello, welcome to the Duffield Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the dental health of Royal Oak Duffield Dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Royal Oak adults, however, people of all ages in the Birmingham, MI area may 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 in Royal Oak dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in Birmingham, MI is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Royal Oak) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Duffield Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Birmingham, MI hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Royal Oak dental patients leading to the need of dental fillings or even dental crowns. Adequate saliva is necessary 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 Birmingham, MI cosmetic 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 Duffield Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Larry Duffield.
When you visit Duffield Dentistry in Royal Oak, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Larry Duffield can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Larry Duffield
2009 Crooks Rd
Royal Oak Michigan