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18
Oct

Dry Mouth and how it can harm your dental health

The correct medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia and it’s something we all suffer from occasionally. It’s perfectly normal to have a dry mouth if you are feeling nervous or anxious or if you are dehydrated. However, a persistent dry mouth can be a problem and it could affect your dental health. This is because saliva is essential for keeping the mouth fresh, clean and healthy. It washes away old skin cells, bacteria and loose particles of food, and it helps the mouth to maintain a neutral pH, protecting your teeth and gums.

So what can cause dry mouth?

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Dry Mouth affects 40% of people over 55*

Medications

Xerostomia is a common side effect of many prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Damage to Your Salivary Glands

Your salivary glands can become damaged due to a blow to the head or as a side-effect of surgery or medical treatment including radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Disease Affecting Your Immune System

Diseases that affect your immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can result in Sjögren’s syndrome, a condition where the immune system attacks the body’s saliva glands and tear glands, causing dry mouth as well as dry eyes. This tends to appear in late middle age and mostly affects women. Although there isn’t a cure, medication can help stimulate the flow of saliva.

Diabetes is another disease that affects the immune system and persistently high blood sugar levels can lead to dry mouth. Additionally, where there is a high concentration of glucose in the blood, the kidneys tend to lose their capacity to reabsorb fluid, leading to the body becoming dehydrated. Medication taken for diabetes can also cause dry mouth.

Using Decongestants

Decongestants work by shrinking the blood vessels in the mucous membranes which helps you to breathe more easily, but if used in the long-term decongestants can dry you up.

Having a persistently blocked nose can be a side-effect of allergies or a cold, but it might also be due to narrow nasal airways, the shape of your jaws or having abnormally large tonsils.

If you do have dry mouth, it’s worth mentioning it to your dentist during your next checkup here at Tsawwassen Place Dental. This is because dry mouth can increase your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. By taking preventative action, we can help reduce these risks and we can suggest things to help you feel more comfortable.

Helping to Relieve the Side-Effects of Xerostomia

Things that can help include making sure you drink plenty of water so you are always well hydrated and some people find sucking on ice chips to be useful, just please don’t crunch them as you could damage your teeth! Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking sugar-free candies can also help to stimulate the flow of saliva. You can buy over-the-counter saliva substitutes or we can prescribe you something. If the problem is due to medications, it could be worth booking a visit to your family doctor to see if your prescription can be changed and to get some advice from them.

* Source: Dentistry IQ www.dentistryiq.com

21
Aug

Why wear a mouthguard during sports?

Playing sports is a great way to stay healthy, but with the best will in the world accidents can and do happen. Sports related dental injuries can result in fractured or chipped teeth, or even in the loss of teeth, leaving you with the prospect of paying for restorative dentistry for the rest of your life. Read more

7
Jul

Periodontal Therapy and how it could help save your smile

Although tooth decay is incredibly common, periodontal disease or gum disease is a far bigger threat to your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss because of the way it destroys gum and bone, the structures responsible for holding your teeth firmly in place. It is also one of those diseases where the early signs are easily ignored, but a late diagnosis can allow the disease to become chronic so ongoing treatment is needed to keep it in control. Read more

7
Jun

Is it Possible to Prevent Childhood Tooth Decay?

Every parent wants their child to grow up with a healthy and attractive smile, but childhood tooth decay is all too common. One common misconception is that children’s milk teeth or primary teeth don’t need that much dental care, as after all they are going to fall out after just a few years. Read more

15
May

Would you like a beautiful smile? Let us show you how

With summer hopefully nearly here, it’s a time when many of us take action to try to look our best. One of the first things people notice is your smile. Healthy and attractive teeth never go out of style and the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques can help you achieve a beautiful new look. Read more

15
Apr

Why are Wisdom Teeth often such a pain?

Your wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to put in an appearance, usually during the late teens or early twenties. Some people will find these teeth come through without any problems, but for others they will prove to be nothing but a pain. So, why are wisdom teeth so frequently problematic and should they always be extracted? Read more

18
Mar

Why choose tooth-colored fillings over amalgam?

Tooth decay or dental caries affects almost all the adult population and in the past cavities were often filled with amalgam. Many people still have these silver-coloured fillings, known as Amalgam, in their mouth. Amalgam is a hard-wearing material that has been in use for decades, but although cost-effective, our dentists Dr. Larry Leslie and Dr. Tom Greene don’t believe it is the best way to repair teeth. Read more

17
Feb

Do you know what to do in a dental emergency?

There’s one thing you can guarantee about dental emergencies and that that they never happen when it’s convenient. This is where Tsawwassen Place Dental can help you as our dentists Dr. Larry Leslie and Dr. Tom Greene always make every effort to see emergency dental patients as soon as possible. Read more

20
Jan

Chipped or Cracked Teeth and Why They Need Mending

Unfortunately it is all too easy to chip or crack a tooth, but unless it looks particularly unsightly or is highly visible, then it might not seem worth mending. Even a small chip in a tooth could ultimately affect the health of that tooth. Read more

3
Dec

Put a sparkle in your smile this holiday

This is the time of year when we often get together with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and to welcome a brand-new year. Read more