At Dental Arts of Darien, we strive to ensure that our patients enjoy their optimal oral health for life. As patients mature, we tend to see an increase in cavities in later adulthood. Late onset cavity development is often related to prescription medication use. Over 500 prescription medications list dry mouth as a common side effect. While seemingly unalarming, dry mouth left untreated can actually lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr. David Pereira encourages patients to continue coming in for bi-annual dental checkups at our Darien, CT dentist office no matter what their age. Our highly trained staff of dental professionals can help you avoid the development of tooth decay associated with dry mouth. Professional dental cleanings and early intervention of tooth decay can help avoid the development of gum disease and even tooth loss.
Dr. Pereira offers some tips and tricks on how you can help reduce the discomfort and side effects of dry mouth.
Remedy Dry Mouth
While it is difficult to cure dry mouth, there are some steps you can take in order to offset the discomfort and side effects of dry mouth. Here are some tips and tricks on how to stimulate saliva production to slow the development of tooth decay.
- Chewing Sugar-Free Gum- Chewing sugar-free gum has actually been shown to help prevent tooth decay and can help reduce dry mouth. Chewing helps stimulate saliva production to help keep your teeth clean. Just be sure you are chewing ADA approved sugar-free gum or use sugar-free lozenges.
- Stay Hydrated- Always drink plenty of water. Never wait until you are thirsty to drink water, be sure to stay hydrated all day long for the health of your teeth, gums, and your whole body. Drinking water when you have dry mouth can relieve discomfort and can help do the work your saliva can not.
- Swish, Rinse, Repeat- Many retailers carry over-the-counter oral moisturizes and mouthwashes that can help keep your teeth and gums clean and relieve symptoms of dry mouth. If you have questions about which products are right for you, ask Dr. Pereira or one of our dental assistants at your next check up. Our staff is always happy to answer your dental questions.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
The best way to fight tooth decay is to visit the dentist often. Everyone should visit our Darien, Ct dentist office at least twice a year. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy can help you avoid complex restorative dentistry. Contact our Darien, CT dentist office or schedule your consultation online.