Hello, welcome to the Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Owensboro Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Owensboro adults, however, people of all ages in the Owensboro 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 Owensboro dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in Owensboro is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Owensboro) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Owensboro hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Owensboro 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 Owensboro 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 Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey.
When you visit Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey
Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
3164 Alvey Park Dr E