Have you recently started a new medication and are now suddenly noticing a spike in mouth sores or cavities? Adults may experience a late onset of cavity development later in life that can be triggered by certain prescription medications. If you experience persistent dry mouth, it is important to seek the attention of Bay City dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke.
Dry mouth is a common side effect of over 500 medications. Dry mouth can cause a decrease in saliva production. Prescription drugs prescribed for allergies, high blood pressure, anxiety and Parkinson’s disease all pose a risk for causing dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common factor for new cavity development in adult patients as well as persistent bad breath, or halitosis. Dry mouth can also be caused by other lifestyle factors or medical conditions.
Dry Mouth Symptoms
- Dry or rough tongue
- Cracked lips
- Persistent mouth sores
- Sudden increase in tooth decay
- Irritated, Red or Swollen Gums
- Persistent Halitosis
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and chewing
What Does Saliva Have To Do With It?
Saliva is your body’s first defense against bacteria and plaque build up. Without sufficient saliva production food particles and acids build up in the crevices of your teeth. Saliva works to wash away debris and neutralize acids, aiding in keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Long term decreased saliva flow in your mouth is not only uncomfortable, but can lead to serious and complex dental health concerns. Without abundant saliva your oral health and quality of life can begin to deteriorate.
There are some ways to offset the discomfort of dry mouth. These at home remedies may help to stimulate saliva production and could slow the development of tooth decay. Always consult with Dr. Mahnke and your medical doctor before starting any new oral health care routine. And remember, always discuss any medications you may be taking with your dentist.
Chewing stimulates saliva production. Sugar free gum or lozenges can help to keep those saliva glands active. Coffee, alcohol and acidic fruit juices can all make dry mouth worse. These high acidic beverages will only increase dry mouth. Try to avoid overly acidic beverages or foods.
Stay well hydrated. Never wait until you are thirsty to drink, have a water bottle on hand and drink water throughout your day. Drinking more water is good for the health of your whole body. Drinking water can help wash away the debris in your mouth that your saliva normally would.
There are also over-the-counter oral moisturizers and mouthwashes available that may assist in moisturizing your mouth. If you ever have any questions about what products are appropriate for your oral health needs, ask Dr.Mahnke what products will be best for you.
Schedule An Appointment
If you feel you are suffering from complications of dry mouth, or have questions about your medications and their effect on your oral health, contact our Bay City dentist office or schedule an online appointment. Dr. Mahnke will complete a comprehensive oral exam and build a personalized treatment plan for your personal oral health concerns.