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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Dr. Van Dyke was Amazing
Highly recommended! I had a dental emergency. They got me right in and even discounted the exam price! Dr Van Dyke was amazing. He even called me the next the day to make sure I was feeling ok! They just gained a new patient!
Friendly & Skillful
Had an unbearable toothache in a cracked tooth over the holiday/hurricane weekend. Dr. Van Dyke gave me a way to help ease the pain until I could get to his office this morning. After an evaluation, it was decided to extract the cracked tooth. I have been neglecting my teeth for too long and have… now found a dentist who treated me as if I was a longtime patient. I will not be neglecting my teeth any longer. Thank you Dr.Van Dyke as well as your very friendly and skillful staff. Read more “Friendly & Skillful”
Was taken in at the appointed time. Treatment was quick and professionally executed with new modern equipment. Atmosphere was pleasant and caring. Fee was very reasonable for services performed
Dr. Van Dyke is very friendly and super handsome. All the staff are smiling and helpful. A+ experience and highly recommend.
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!
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”
State of the Art
The staff is very professional and friendly. Dr. Van Dyke delivers a state of the art knowledge base to the practice. I highly recommend their services!
I am a native Neapolitan for more than 50 years. Along with the unbelievable growth I have experienced a diminished time for patient care. I have worked in dentistry for nearly 20 years and left private practice when the focus was no longer the patient’s well being but more about selling whitening and cosmetic services.… I started my own concierge practice 7 years ago to work exclusive with Dentists that I trust their work, ethics and would not hesitate to treat me, my family and friends. I worked with Dr Schulze and Dr Van Dyke, along with their amazing team this past week. Their inviting caring nature, conservative treatment and personal interest in every single patient in accordance with the support of an amazing dedicated team is a truly amazing experience. If I ever considered going back to full time private practice this would be the place for me! Love Island Tower Dental, the Doctors and the superior team! You should really get to know them. Do yourself a favor and call Angela or Jessica for more information. I promise you will never have a better dental experience nor be disappointed! Read more “Truly Amazing”
Dr Van Dyke is new to the practice and to our experience a great addition. After a front tooth broke off at the gym line, he evaluated, made impressions. Made a temporary, did a root extraction, put in the temporary and my partner walked out with perfectly matching front teeth. The biggest positive point is… that he had NO pain after a long , involved visit. Read more “NO Pain”
The staff and Dr. Johnathan Van Dyke are kind, compassionate and wonderful. I’m so thrilled I was referred to them and actually looking forward to going back. Thank you for all your help!
Incredibly friendly office starting with the receptionist Angela and everyone else involved. They made sure to see me the day I called with one of those dental emergencies and did an outstanding job for this Snow Bird. Would highly recommend.
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
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!