Hello, welcome to the Century City Aesthetic Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually impact oral health.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common issue among older Los Angeles adults, however, people of all ages 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 is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Los Angeles) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Century City Aesthetic Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Beverly Hills hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is needed to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can develop in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.