Hello, welcome to the Ritchie Dental Group blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Marble Falls Ritchie Dental Group dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Marble Falls adults, however, people of all ages in the Horseshoe Bay area may experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Sometimes dry mouth in Marble Falls dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in Horseshoe Bay is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Marble Falls) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Ritchie Dental Group dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Horseshoe Bay hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Marble Falls dental patients. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur in the absence of saliva for Horseshoe Bay dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Ritchie Dental Group to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Ritchie.
When you visit Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Greg Ritchie can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Greg Ritchie
Ritchie Dental Group
1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls Texas