Hello, welcome to the Staten Island Dental Care blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Staten Island Dental Care dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older adults, however, people of all ages in the Staten Island 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 Staten Island family dentistry patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for our patients is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Staten Island) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Staten Island Dental Care general dentistry patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Staten Island dental patients. 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 Staten Island 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 Staten Island Dental Care to schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Frederick Hecht.
When you visit Staten Island Dental Care in Staten Island, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Hecht can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York