While taking prescribed medication can have many benefits, it also may have some downfalls in the form of negative side effects. Side effects can be numerous, depending on the medicine, but one that the Cary, NC dental team at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry routinely sees is dry mouth.
Dry mouth can be both uncomfortable and detrimental to your oral health. Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs when your saliva production is hindered or diminished. Saliva plays an important role in a healthy mouth, as it helps keep everything clean, and washes away bacteria. When those levels drop or are taken away, dry mouth occurs, and can result in issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
If you’re on prescribed medicine that is necessary to your overall health, you don’t have to suffer with dry mouth, even if it’s an advertised and aforementioned side effect. Our Cary dentists at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will work with you and your primary care physician to find a medicinal alternative that will not give you dry mouth.
If necessary, we can also discuss altering your dosage levels in an attempt to avoid the side effects. If neither of those solutions work, our dentists can prescribe a rinse that will help increase, rather than stimy, your healthy levels of saliva production. You can also help alleviate dry mouth symptoms on your own by drinking plenty of water, chewing gum and altering breathing habits to use your nose more in lieu of your mouth.
Cary, NC Dry Mouth Solutions are Available at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Don’t wait another minute to deal with painful and uncomfortable dry mouth. Symptoms of dry mouth may include constant thirst, a dry throat/mouth or increased difficulty speaking or swallowing. A solution is waiting for you at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary. Call our office at 919.859.1330 to speak with a patient care representative today.