Hello, welcome to the Salt Lake Dental Care blog. Today we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Murray Salt Lake Dental Care dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Murray adults; however, people of all ages in the Salt Lake City 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 Murray dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in Salt Lake City is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Murray) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Salt Lake Dental Care dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Salt Lake City hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Murray 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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clint Blackwood.
When you visit Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Clint Blackwood can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202