Treat Dry Mouth to Prevent Dental Damage
The body is similar to a well-designed machine. Just about every part of the body has an important role to play. If any one part fails to live up to expectations, other components are likely to suffer. For example, saliva is the mouth’s greatest natural defense against harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. When patients suffer from dry mouth, they produce an insufficient amount of this natural cleanser. This is likely to result in dental damage that will require restorative dentistry treatment to rebuild tooth structure.
Dr. Peter Hellwig offers a full range of dental treatments that can restore oral health and strength, but it is always ideal to treat dry mouth before dental damage occurs. To prevent dental damage from dry mouth, Dr. Hellwig offers our San Diego, CA patients treatment that restores moisture to the mouth.
Risks of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is not a comfortable condition. Those who suffer from dry mouth often describe the sensation as “cotton mouth.” Unfortunately, the physical discomfort of dry mouth is only one part of the problem. Without adequate moisture to help rinse away food particles, sugars, acids, and bacteria, patients with dry mouth are more vulnerable to a wide variety of oral health problems. Some of the dental damage that is commonly found in patients with dry mouth includes:
- Dental cavities
- Advanced tooth decay
- Acid erosion
- Root canal infection
- Gum disease
The longer that dry mouth goes untreated, the more likely that these complications are likely to develop. Each of these dental problems is also progressive, so patients should seek professional dental care as soon as they suspect a problem is present.
Treating Dry Mouth
Dry mouth has a number of potential causes, so each case of dry mouth will require individual treatment. In some cases, dry mouth is a side effect of certain medications. If this is the case, patients will need to see their general physician to discuss medication changes.
Despite the cause of dry mouth, Dr. Hellwig can offer treatment and oral health care tips that can assist in restoring moisture to the mouth. Below are some practices that are useful in the treatment of dry mouth:
- Drink plenty of fluids each day
- Avoid tobacco products
- Chew on sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva production
- Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol
- Use an artificial saliva (Dr. Hellwig can recommend an appropriate product)
In addition to providing patients with treatment for dry mouth, Dr. Hellwig offers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments that can address any dental damage that has already occurred. By restoring the health of the teeth and replenishing the moisture of the mouth, patients can enjoy a strong, beautiful smile.
If dry mouth is a persistent problem, the health of your teeth and gums is at risk. If you suspect that you are suffering from dry mouth, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the dry mouth treatment offered by Dr. Peter Hellwig.