Are You a Senior with Dry Mouth?

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Are you a senior suffering with dry mouth? Our Kevin J. Reece, DDS dental team strongly recommends doing everything you can to treat the problem and improve your oral health. You can start doing so by making an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Kevin J. Reece, as soon as possible.

Dry mouth is a condition that develops when you have an inadequate flow of saliva in your mouth. This condition is not a disease, but it could be considered as a side effect from many medications or as a symptom of a medical disorder.

Dry mouth is very dangerous for your smile. Without saliva, the oral acids produced by bacteria daily will not be neutralized and the teeth will not be constantly washed. If you do not have adequate saliva, your smile is prone to severe tooth decay.

Common symptoms of dry mouth include a constant sore throat, a burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, dry nasal passages, and hoarseness.

The recommended treatments for dry mouth generally involve chewing or sucking on sugar-free gum or candy on a regular basis to stimulate saliva flow. Other treatments include using artificial saliva and oral rinses. Another great way to treat your dry mouth is to stop using tobacco products.

The prevention of dry mouth is great for your smile. There are many things you can do to prevent dry mouth, like avoid using tobacco products, drink 8 fl oz. of water each day, use a humidifier in your home, avoid using medications that cause dry mouth, and breathe through your nose as much as possible.

If you have any questions about dry mouth in Payson, Utah, please call our office today at 801-465-4474. We are happy to help you in every way we can and we don’t mind answering questions. We look forward to hearing from you!