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:
Thorough & Friendly
Very thorough and everyone is super friendly. Cody was my hygienist and she was the best!
Happy, Helpful Employees
My appointment at Island Tower Dentistry was great. From the very beginning I was greeted by happy, helpful employees that made the visit quite pleasant. Dr. Van Dyke was very thorough and professional. His upbeat personality and bedside manner were above and beyond my expectations. He and his team took great care of me and… made sure I was comfortable during my procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Van Dyke and Island Tower Dentistry. Read more “Happy, Helpful Employees”
Our family loves Island Tower Dentistry and the rest of the staff. I can’t say enough good things about this dental office. Dr. Van Dyke is very kind and knowledgeable. He explained in detail everything that I needed to have done which really helped me understand the next steps. I also always look… forward to my time spent with the Dental hygienist as they keep me relaxed because they are great at what they do! Read more “Family Loves!”
Just had another session with Cody, a first class hygienist. As usual, she was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
I’d Recommend to Anyone
Very professional. Very satisfied. I would recommend Dr. Van Dyke to anyone.
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”
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”
This is an amazing dental practice and I always feel confident that I am getting consistent, fantastic service here. I live out of state but plan my appointments every time I visit the island – I refuse to put my dental health in anyone else’s hands. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and I love… the environment. Thank you for your expertise and thoroughness! Read more “Fantastic Service”
Had my “introductory “ visit today. Tomorrow is teeth cleaning appt. The office is beautiful and the staff couldn’t be nicer. Dr Van Dyke was very Thorough And I’m looking forward to having him as my dentist
Cory is a very good hygienist and super nice!
In Good Hands
Dr Van Dyke is a great dentist. He has the best customer service skills and you are definitely in good hands with him. He cares about every patient who walks through the door and makes sure they get what they need.
Professional and Efficient
New Team in Town. Very Professional and Efficient. Great support staff. Signed up for a complete check up in a month.
Gave Me my Confidence Back
I have lived in fl for 20 years and island tower dentistry by far has some of the most professional staff that make you feel welcome and comfortable. I got my cleaning done by Gloria and May I say she gave me my confidence back.
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.
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
My family and I have been going to Dr Schultz for approx 30 years, Dr Schultz and his staff have always made going to the dentist a comfortable experience for all of us. I highly recommend his practice to anyone in search of a highly qualified, and honest dentist.
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.
I had an excellent experience at Island Tower as a new customer. The hygienists and Dr. Van Dyke spent a significant amount of time reviewing my X-Rays and explaining the steps they were taking while they were doing them. I am very happy with their thorough examination and overall upbeat and professional demeanor.
Beyond their Call of Duty
This is one of the best dentist visit I have had all my life. Dr. Schulz and staff goes way beyond their call of duty. The time that is taken to explain every step of how important your oral health is i can assure you is like no other. Some doctors do a quick stop… and then u are out but this office i can and will highly recommend for their service and you will enjoy your clean in a quiet and loving environment. Thumbs up team Read more “Beyond their Call of Duty”
Just moved to Marco Island full-time and had my first appointment with the friendly and professional staff at Island Tower Dentistry. This was the best experience I’ve ever had at the dentist. From reception to x-ray to hygienist, Dr. Van Dyke and his staff communicate extremely well and are the most thorough and detail… oriented team I’ve ever experienced. My wife will sign up as a new patient today and I will highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry. Read more “Best Experience”
First time patient. Very pleased. Efficient yet friendly. Most thorough dental exam I’ve ever experienced. Looking forward to a long relationship.
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”
Visiting Marco for a few weeks from up north and chipped my front tooth. In was able to get an appt within one day! Dr and technician were super helpful and pleasant. In less than an hour I was done. The repair looked as good as new and the price was very fair! Highly recommend… this office!!!!! Read more “Highly Recommend”
Courteous & Professional
Dr. Van Dyke is a very courteous and professional dentist. His calming demeanor helps make every patient feel at ease. I definitely recommend him!
What a great office! Everyone is so nice and caring.
Just had a session with a first class hygienist. She was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
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!
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’m so glad I chose Island Tower Dentistry for my emergency visit. While visiting Marco Island a crown fell off my molar. They were able to get me in within 24 hours and fixed it! Dr. Van Dyke was very personable and took his time to make sure it was done properly. I did not… feel rushed, yet everyone was very efficient! The front desk gal is a pleasure! All the assistants and staff were equally wonderful! This is definitely my go to dentist while on the island!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Read more “Highly Recommend”
I Was Impressed
Front desk was polite and punctual. My hygienist, Cody, was outstanding. She was thorough, professional, and skillful yet also personable. I was impressed.
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!