Hello, welcome to the Michael A. Wong, DDS blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Burlingame cosmetic dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older adults, however, people of all ages in the Burlingame 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 Burlingame sedation dentistry patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Burlingame) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Michael A. Wong, DDS dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Burlingame hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Burlingame cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry 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 Burlingame 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 Michael A. Wong, DDS to schedule an appointment with sedation dentist Dr. Michael Wong.
When you visit our Burlingame practice, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Wong can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Michael Wong DDS
San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
256 N San Mateo Dr, Ste 8
San Mateo CA