Welcome to the The Carrollton Dentist blog. Today, we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can affect your oral health.
While older people typically suffer from chronic dry mouth, almost everyone will experience symptoms at one time or another. This includes a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Sometimes, disease or infection causes a dry mouth, but a more frequent cause is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers all list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
For example, allergy-prone dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Saliva lubricates your mouth, washes the food from your teeth, and neutralizes the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay may result from a lack of saliva.
If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call The Carrollton Dentist to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amy Horton.
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