At our general dentistry practice in Knoxville, dry mouth treatment is a real possibility for you and your loved ones. If you suffer from dry mouth, you know that this condition has many side effects and can disturb your daily life. What you may not know are the serious dangers associated with dry mouth and how you should best treat it.
At our practice in Knoxville, cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger, Jr, DDS, is trained in the treatment of dry mouth, its causes, and accompanying symptoms.
Your dry mouth may be caused by a variety of causes, including but not limited to:
While dry mouth may not seem to be an extremely serious condition, its treatment is important for your overall health and comfort and in preventing further complications.
Dry mouth has painful and bothersome symptoms, including thirstiness, a dry or scratchy throat, tongue pain or soreness, overall mouth tingling or sensitivity, and bad breath. Most importantly, dry mouth can lead to several more serious conditions, including:
While dry mouth can be an annoying and painful condition, there are many steps you can take to treat it.
If your dry mouth is caused by medications, you should speak to your prescribing doctor about adjusting your dosage if possible to reduce your dry mouth. If you use tobacco products, quitting their use can immediately reduce your dry mouth symptoms.
For those causes which may not be helped, including cancer medications and health conditions, there are many ways to help your mouth salivate more, including:
To make sure that you do not acquire other symptoms or further damage caused by dry mouth, you should use toothpaste with fluoride or other ingredients that protect enamel from damage and decay and maintain a strict dental hygiene regimen to help remove food particles that would have otherwise been broken down by saliva. It is also important to maintain regular dental visits to ensure that any cavities or problems are caught early on.
We also offer at our offices in Knoxville dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cavity treatment and a variety of other cosmetic and general dentistry services. Please Contact us today with any questions and to set up a confidential, caring consultation with Dr. Zarger today.