Posts for: September, 2017
These days it seems like more and more patients are experiencing a dry mouth and nobody likes a dry mouth! In fact, about 40% of patients over age 55 experience xerostomia or dry mouth. It's an uncomfortable and sometimes oddly unexplainable sensation that most people like to avoid. Although it's not a condition that automatically sends you into a panic about your health, however, a dry mouth can be a bother and something that you certainly want to change if possible, especially since a dry mouth can increase your risk for tooth decay at the root surface, which can cause tooth loss! So, if you find yourself in the unpleasant position of having a dry mouth, here is what you can do.
Chew Sugar-free Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva in your mouth. The chewing motion of your jaw and teeth should take care of at least some of your dry mouth problem.
Suck On Sugar-free Candy: Similarily to chewing sugar-free gum, if you suck on sugar-free candy, it should create more saliva in your mouth and moisturize it in the process.
Cut Out The Caffeine: Caffeine can contribute to a dry mouth, so by limiting, or eliminating your intake all together, you may find that your dry mouth is no more.
Stop Using Tobacco Products: Tobacco is another common cause of a dry mouth. Whether it is smokeless tobacco products or cigarettes, if you stop using them, your dry mouth will likely improve. On a side note, vaping has not been shown to be a safer alternative for your teeth, especially if you add flavoring agents! And not to forget, all tobacco products are exceeding bad for your oral health to begin with, so you will be doing your mouth a favor even more so.
Drink Lots Of Water: It may seem obvious, but drinking lots of water will likely improve your dry mouth. This is because a dry mouth is usually a sign of dehydration, so plenty of fluids will surely help.
A dry mouth can be very unpleasant, but it is often easily solved by either drinking more water, or trying one of the previously mentioned techniques. If you have tried these first line of defense solutions and the problem still persists, we can discuss some other professional options that you can consider at your next visit, like prescription dry mouth toothpastes. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
The "secret" to keeping your teeth for life involves more than one secret. The first is that there is no real secret; in fact, there really is no great difficulty involved. Follow this simple four-step process - brush, floss, rinse, and visit our Broken Arrow, OK office regularly - and you will have healthy teeth for life!
You should brush your teeth two minutes twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once at night. Three times a day will not hurt. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with light pressure; you do not want to scrub away your gums or tooth enamel. Remember the dental motto: "Brush longer, not harder!"
Make flossing part of your daily routine, at least once a daily. Flossing is important for more that just removing food particles between your teeth. The process also helps to remove bacteria that you cannot see. Bacterial build-up turns into plaque, or calculus: a cement-like substance commonly called tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone.
Mouthwash does more than freshen your breath. Although mouthwash does NOT substitute for brushing and flossing, rinses help to kill the bacteria that lead to plaque formation and gum disease. This extra step can go a long way toward having healthy teeth for life.
REGULAR DENTAL VISITS
You should have a professional cleaning at our office on average twice a year. Some patients benefit from more frequent cleanings. Your hygienist will remove any plaque build-up to prevent gingivitis, which if left untreated can become full-blown gum disease that is called periodontitis, which leads to tooth loss.