Are you noticing an increase in mouth sores or cavities? Have you recently started taking a new medication? Adults may experience cavity development later in life as a result of certain prescription medications. Dry mouth is a side effect of over 500 common prescription medications. If you have recently started a new medication, be sure to let your Truckee, CA general dentist Dr. Donald Reid know.
Dry mouth is caused by the decrease in saliva production. Prescription medications that are prescribed for ailments such as allergies, high blood pressure, anxiety and Parkinson’s disease all carry the potential to cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can cause an increase in tooth decay and make it difficult to swallow or chew. Patients with dry mouth are also more likely to develop gum disease.
Dry Mouth Symptoms
- Dry or rough tongue
- Cracked lips
- Persistent mouth sores
- Sudden increase in tooth decay
- Irritated, Red or Swollen Gums
- Persistent Halitosis
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and chewing
The Power of Saliva
Saliva is your body’s natural defense against bacteria and plaque build up. Without sufficient saliva production, acid levels can increase and food particles do not get as readily cleaned away. Saliva works to wash away debris and neutralize acids. A decrease in saliva flow can make normal activities uncomfortable but it may also lead to serious and complex dental health concerns. Without abundant saliva your oral health may deteriorate.
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Whether you have a gap you would like to close, a missing tooth to replace, or teeth that need whitening, Dr. Reid can help rejuvenate and refresh your natural smile. Contact our Truckee dentist office to begin building a brighter smile. Dr. Reid will work with you to meet your cosmetic goals and improve your oral health through a personalized treatment plan. From Truckee, CA to Reno, NV Dr. Reid can help you restore your smile