Hello, welcome to the Szalai & Szalai DDS blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Allen Park Szalai & Szalai DDS general dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Dearborn adults, however, people of all ages in the Dearborn 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 Dearborn dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Dearborn) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Szalai & Szalai DDS dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Dearborn hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Dearborn cosmetic 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 Dearborn 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 Szalai & Szalai DDS to schedule an appointment with Drs. Greg & Joanne Szalai.
When you visit Szalai & Szalai DDS in the Dearborn area, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Drs. Greg & Joanne Szalai can give you an accurate diagnosis. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening, to the Dearborn area.