Hello, welcome to the Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Lafayette, CO area cosmetic dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Lafayette, CO adults, however, people of all ages 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 Lafayette, CO laser dentistry patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Lafayette, CO) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Lafayette, CO 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 and gum disease can occur in the absence of saliva for Lafayette, CO 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 Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry to schedule an appointment with cosmetic and sedation dentist Dr. Gordon West.
When you visit Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette, CO, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. West can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201