Dry Mouth Solutions
Many people suffer from chronic dry mouth, which can be caused by stress, certain medications, aging, cancer therapy (radiation/chemotherapy), autoimmune disorders like Sjorgren’s syndrome, smoking and methamphetamine use.
Saliva helps to wash bacteria and food particles off your teeth and neutralize the harmful acids that come with it. Without this natural defense, plaque and bacteria can build up quickly at the base of your teeth, making you more susceptible to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. You also lose saliva’s ability to help repair and remineralize weak tooth enamel.
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests dry mouth can lead to oral candidiasis, a fungal infection sometimes referred to as thrush. Sufferers of constant dry mouth are also prone to an uncomfortable condition called burning mouth syndrome. Insufficient saliva can interfere with the ability to taste and make wearing dentures difficult, as well.
Dr. Tomiuk has solutions that can help ease the discomfort of chronic dry mouth. He can prescribe a fluoride toothpaste to help better protect your teeth. We also have dry mouth gels for sale in the office.