Your dentist in Fresno, CA, can help with dry mouth.

Your saliva performs an important function. It acts as a buffer to protect your teeth from strong digestive acids. When you have a dry mouth, it means you don’t produce enough saliva to protect your teeth. A dry mouth also means your teeth and your smile can suffer.

The good news is, your dentist can help if you have a dry mouth. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, provides a wide range of dental services, including treating dry mouth.

Many types of medications can cause dry mouth. You are at risk if you take:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Diuretics

Dry mouth can also be caused by:

  • Normal aging
  • Radiation to the area of your salivary glands
  • Cancer in the area of your salivary glands
  • Medical conditions involving your salivary glands

A dry mouth can lead to quite a few problems involving the health of your smile. Consider that dry mouth can cause:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay, leading to a need for fillings or crowns
  • Soft tissue irritation involving your gums, tongue, and cheeks
  • Increased risk of gum disease and periodontal disease
  • Digestive problems, because saliva helps break down your food

When you have a dry mouth, it’s important to practice an excellent program of oral hygiene to keep harmful bacteria levels low. Remember to:

  • Brush your teeth after you eat and before you go to sleep
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride to protect against tooth decay
  • Floss at least once each day

There are also over-the-counter products available, created specifically for dry mouth to help produce more saliva. Your dentist can also supply custom-fit fluoride trays, so you can give yourself fluoride treatments at home. Fluoride works to harden enamel and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a very effective way to protect your teeth against the effects of dry mouth.

Your smile doesn’t have to suffer if you have a dry mouth. To learn more about how to prevent dry mouth, talk with an expert. Call your dentist, Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, at (559) 227-6755 now and protect your smile!

Fresno, CA Dentist
Curt P. Posey, DDS, INC.
7078 N. Maple Ave. Ste #105
Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 227-6755
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