Persistent dry mouth is a condition that makes one more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, and inhibits your body’s efforts to naturally remineralize and protect tooth enamel. Referred to as “xerostomia,” dry mouth is a decrease in the amount of saliva produced in one’s mouth. Salivary flows tend to decrease in most people as they age, and many people experience some level of xerostomia due to age-related medical conditions and the side effects of medications.
A prolonged bout of dry mouth can lead to a significant increase in potential cavity formation and periodontal disease because the decrease in saliva leads to an imbalance of pH in the mouth and decreases the natural buffering and antimicrobial properties in saliva. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, dry mouth could be partially responsible for up to 30 percent of tooth decay in older adults. Xerostomia has also been linked to oral candidiasis (thrush), burning mouth syndrome, and can lead to a decrease in taste bud sensitivity.
Dry Mouth Treatment In Marco Island
The dental experts at Island Tower Dentistry consider dry mouth a serious condition that should be addressed in those experiencing it on a persistent basis. Thus, we try to assess the occurrence of dry mouth in all of our patients. No matter what age you are, be sure to inform your dental practitioner If you’ve been experiencing excessive bouts of dry mouth. Also, inform your dental professionals about the emergence of any new medical conditions or any change in prescription drug use. Various medical conditions, including stress, depression, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease, can cause xerostomia. Dry mouth is also a distinct side effect of many, many medications.
Your Dry Mouth Treatment
If we determine that your dry mouth is persistent enough to need treatment, Island Tower Dentistry has established protocols to address the condition based on its severity and potential impact to your oral health. Our treatment protocols consist of:
Mild to Moderate Dry Mouth
CT X3 Rinse (available at our office)
One-half capful swished vigorously in the mouth for 30 seconds two or three times per day, preferably after meals or snacks.
One-half capful as described above if awakened in the middle of the night with dry mouth.
Alternatively, put some undiluted CT X3 Rinse in a small spray bottle next to your bedside to spray into the mouth if you awaken with dry mouth.
Clinpro 5000 (available at our office or by prescription)
Prior to going to bed, use a regular ADA-approved dentifrice and brush for two full minutes (timed) and floss and/or use interproximal brushes as demonstrated by our dental staff.
Rinse well and then place a small pea-sized amount of Clinpro 5000 on the brush and use for approximately 30 seconds.
Spit out the excess, but do not rinse it out, and do not eat or drink afterwards.
Moderate to Severe Dry Mouth
Use as directed above after all meals and snacks.
Use the same brushing technique described as above for both morning and evening.
For the morning routine, brush immediately upon arising and before breakfast.
Eat normally afterwards, but vigorously rinse with freshwater after consuming breakfast and any snacks.
As directed by our office.
As directed by our office.
Contact Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Van Dyke and his qualified team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office support staff are ready to assist you with all of your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry regarding a dental concern or to make an appointment, call 239-394-1004. Our office is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.
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WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY:
Everyone here is highly professional & very nice. Top notch.
Everyone is Welcoming
Everyone at the office is welcoming and do their jobs well. Like everyone there but glad I only see them several times a year for teeth cleaning!
Was Not Disappointed!
After years of putting off my routine cleaning, I finally made an appointment with Dr. Van Dyke and staff based upon a facebook recommendation. Well, I was not disappointed! The office was super clean, welcoming and instantly put me at ease. They spent so much time going over everything in detail and allowed me to… ask questions. My cleaning was very gentle but thorough, and I left with a (clean) smile! Now to book an appointment for my husband and 5yr old daughter! I am confident they will have the same experience! Read more “Was Not Disappointed!”
As with every visit, I have received courteous and gentle care (and painless shots) from these dental professionals. I recommend Island Tower Dentistry to one and all.
An exceptional experience from the very first phone call. They squeezed me in for an emergency appointment, consulted with me over numerous appointments to ensure I had all the information for the major work I was having done. Everyone, from the front desk to the dental technicians was extremely professional, friendly, knowledgeable and skilled. Dr… Schulze was fantastic. He was consultative and reassuring and helped me make the decision that was right for me. And I am thrilled with the final outcome and product. I highly recommend Dr. Schulze and Island Tower Dentistry. Read more “Exceptional Experience”
Island Tower Dentistry has been our family dentist for more than twenty years. Great staff, excellent skilled dentist. I would recommend Dr. Schulze and his colleagues to anyone on or near Marco Island FL.
Another Great Experience
Another great experience from Angela at check-in and out, Cody for cleaning, Dr. van Dyke for exam and Hannah for billing! Angela even went to the extra trouble to send me out with a fresh hot coffer👍🏼
As is always the case, the staff were friendly, efficient, and caring. I am very pleased with the oral care I am receiving from Island Tower!
I’ve been a patient of Island Tower Dentistry for 11 years now. Dr. Schulze and his staff have always gone above and beyond to ensure the best care possible. The level of professionalism far exceeds expectations and they make you feel right at home in a family oriented setting.
Would Definitely Recommend
Entire staff very friendly and helpful. I am from out of town. Had a dental issue. Dr. Van Dyke was friendly, helpful and informative. Teresa, his assistant, was also very sweet. Would definitely recommend this dental practice!
Friendly front desk staff, knowledgeable hygienist and Dr Schulze. A winning combination!
Amazing Dental Office
Amazing dental office! Dr. Van Dyke uses all the latest technology with his patients- from 3D scanners for crowns, CBCT imaging, LANAP, painless injection techniques, and so much more! The staff is always friendly and caring and very accommodating in terms of scheduling and emergency visits. I highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry to all my… friends and family! Read more “Amazing Dental Office”
Very Gentle & Professional
Dr. Van Dyke has a very gentle and professional way about him, and I had a great experience today. Getting my filling was almost entirely pain-free! I’ve been going to this practice for years and will continue to do so.
Nice and Accomodating
I had just driven down from Ohio to Marco Island and woke up with enormous pain and a swollen face. I googled dentists and found Island Tower Dentistry in Marco Island and chose them because of their outstanding reviews. I called and was able to see Dr. Van Dyke within an hour. Everyone was so… nice and so accommodating. X-rays were taken and Dr. Van Dyke showed me what the problem was. He referred me to a endodontist who took care of me as I needed a specialist. I would highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry and I look forward to coming back when I am in Marco Island and need a dentist. Thank you Island Tower Dentistry Read more “Nice and Accomodating”
You Won’t be Disappointed
I have been a patient of Dr. Hermann Schulze for a very long time and when I heard the news about a new dentist coming on board I was a bit nervous at first, but at the same time I knew Dr .Schulze wouldn’t let us down with who he chose to be on their… team. So far I have NO complaints about the work Dr. Van Dyke did on my crowns a couple days ago. I had to get two temporary crowns put in before the real ones get put in. Since it’s been a couple days since he worked on me, other than the usual pain I don’t feel any awkwardness in my bite. That was the most I was concerned about. I am very pleased and happy and also thankful that he did such a great job. He was very steady with the drill and would always make sure I was okay while he was working on me. I felt very comfortable. I also love everyone else there everyone has always been super nice. Hannah was Dr. Van Dyke’s assistant and she was very sweet and helpful. I definitely suggest if you haven’t tried them out yet, you won’t be disappointed!! Read more “You Won’t be Disappointed”
Dentist You Can Trust
I can’t recommend Dr. Van Dyke and his staff highly enough. The entire experience with his staff was wonderful and Dr. Van Dyke was incredibly diligent and informative throughout. The office is gorgeous and he is very progressive with his technology and protocol. Look no further for a dentist you can trust and who puts… their patients first. Read more “Dentist You Can Trust”
Great office! Amazing staff! Very attentive and knowledgeable doctor. We had an emergency situation where my moms bridge fell off while on vacation. We called the office and scheduled an appointment- everything was done in a very professional manner and the cost of the procedure was reasonable as well. Thank you for your help again!
Fast & Painless
Was scheduled for a cleaning and asked about possibly smoothing out a chip. Cleaning was fast sand painless. Doctor came in to take a look and fixed my chip in mins! Island tower dentistry really cares about their patients and provides great service!
Just had a session with a first class hygienist. She was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
Thorough & Friendly
Very thorough and everyone is super friendly. Cody was my hygienist and she was the best!
Had a dental cleaning for my husband and myself and Gloria did an excellent job. My husband hasn’t been to a dentist in years out of fear of the dentist but Gloria was very understanding, explained what she was going to do and how she was going to do it. She was very patience &… has a light hand. 10/10 recommend. Read more “10/10 Recommend”
Best experience I could of asked for with going to see the dentist. From the minute I walked into the building to the minute I left, the staff made it a joyful experience. Also an extra thank you to Cody for making my experience as pain free as possible and pleasant, with great laughs along… the way. I Would recommend to anyone and everyone, 10/10. Make sure to ask for Cody ! Read more “Joyful Experience”
Can Recommend with Confidence
I have been using Island Tower Dentistry since 2013 – three time per year. My experience has always been great. With a couple of retirements since I first started coming to them, I want to acknowledge some of the new staff. Cody my, hygienist, does a great job. Very professional and personable. Angela, Hanna, and… Hanna B. Teresa, and Gloria – and Dr. Van Dyke of course – make a great team. I can recommend them with confidence. Read more “Can Recommend with Confidence”
Outstanding & Professional
Excellent dental office with friendly and professional staff. Doctor was outstanding.
They help us out with an emergency visit. Put us at ease and took care of our problem. We are from out of town on vacation and do happy we found them. Great people to help others.
Felt Like I’ve Been Going for Years
I just wanted to say how happy I am with Island Tower Dentistry. I’m a new patient there and was very nervous but by the time I left, I felt like I’ve been going there for years. I had a great experience there. From the hygienist Gloria to the receptionist Angela and Dr. Jonathan Van… Dyke my first visit was wonderful. I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for a dentist. Read more “Felt Like I’ve Been Going for Years”
Best on Marco Island
A dentist that works so hard to please patients with the best dental care, followup and service the best on Marco….
Dr. Van Dyke and his team are fantastic! He truly cares for his patients and now I take my whole family to him! Thank you for helping me find the dentist I’ve always been looking for!
I would strongly recommend Island Tower. The staff is so friendly and professional. It’s the only dentist I’ve ever been to where you honestly do not feel the needles
The doctor and staff are very caring and provide the best possible options. Excellent experience .
At Island Tower Dentistry in Marco Island, FL – We are firmly dedicated to outstanding patient care and satisfaction. Our dentists practice state-of-the-art dentistry including cleanings, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, & more. Call a Marco Island dentist today!