Hello, welcome to the Hales Parker Dentistry blog. Today we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Ladera Ranch Hales Parker Dentistry patients.
Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Ladera Ranch adults; however, people of all ages in the Rancho Santa Margarita 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 Ladera Ranch dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in Rancho Santa Margarita is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Ladera Ranch) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Hales Parker Dentistry dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Rancho Santa Margarita hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Ladera Ranch 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 Rancho Santa Margarita 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 Hales Parker Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lincoln Parker.
When you visit Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Lincoln Parker can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Lincoln Parker
Hales Parker Dentistry
777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100
Ladera Ranch California