Many folks in our Boulder community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems.
Boulder people should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a very important role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to perform this task your body may not be getting important nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Boulder residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.
I am Dr. Gordon West and my staff and I at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry have been treating xerostomia since 1998. I recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. I also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your Boulder physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.
Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older 303-665-5335.
Looking for a gentle sedation dentist who treats dental anxiety or a skilled cosmetic dentist adept at smile design? I invite you to come visit my practice at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201, Lafayette, CO. My team of dental professionals at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or complete smile makeover.
A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth.
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201