Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common problem, especially among older adults. However, people of all ages 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 is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is needed to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive cavities can develop in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
If you are coping with dry mouth and want a professional opinion, please call us at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!
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