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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This Place is Great
This place is great. I popped a crown out last night and called the emergency phone number they have. I left a message and they called back right away in the morning. They were able to get me in within a half hour of the call. I went in to a clean friendly place. They… cemented my cap back in. They even reattached my loose retainer. I recommend this place and will go back. Read more “This Place is Great”
Staff was Excellent
Dr Van Dyke did an excellent job putting a new crown on one of my chipped teeth. Dr Van Dyke was very professional and explained each step of the procedure to me. And as always Island tower staff was excellent.
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.
What a great office! Everyone is so nice and caring.
Cory the dental hygienist did an excellent job. She is very thoughtful and communicates well with regards to the issues and process to correct.
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!
Dr. Van Dyke went out of his way to make my son feel comfortable in one of his first experiences in a dental office. His kindness and wonderful attitude made this experience a very pleasant one. We will go nowhere else from now on. Despite the drive from Naples to Marco Island, the trip is… so well worth it. Read more “Wonderful Attitude”
Makes You Feel Very Comfortable
Knowledgeable, patient and makes you feel very comfortable. This is coming from a person who really doesn’t like pain. Like the step by step explanations as to what they are doing. Would highly recommend.
5 Stars & More
Every appointment has been timely, the staff are providers of excellent client service. Dr. Van Dyke and his dental assistants provide extraordinary dental care in an efficient and timely manner with the most up to date equipment available in the field today. Island Tower Dentistry deserves all five stars and more.
Warmth & Attentiveness
From the moment you walk into Island Tower’s office you feel some of that “going to the dentist” anxiety disappear. The front desk staff welcomes you with a smile, answers your insurance and procedural questions thoroughly and honestly. They offer a quality of warmth and attentiveness that immediately help puts you at ease. Dr. Schulze,… his team of dental assistants, and hygienists are exceedingly professional and gentle with the care of each patient. They form relationships with their clients which is something I find lacking in most medial/dental facilities these days. They make you feel comfortable asking questions and are eager to make the experience positive. They have the most modern equipment and technology giving each patient the best possible care available. Their facility is immaculate and clean. I feel lucky to have found this gem of a dental practice! Read more “Warmth & Attentiveness”
Takes Pride in Patient Care
I haven’t been to the dentist in several years as I am extremely fearful and anxious. But Dr. Van Dyke and his staff made me feel very welcome and very calm. I had a wonderful cleaning and moving forward I could not recommend a better team to take care of my dental needs. They are… trustworthy, reliable, responsible, and truly take pride in caring for their patients. Read more “Takes Pride in Patient Care”
As always, terrific care and service. Tonya is great!
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!
Enjoy Going to the Dentist
Cody is great! She has a great patient manner, and makes you feel comfortable the whole time. Makes me enjoy going to the dentist!
Experienced, Knowledgeable and Thorough
Cody is a very experienced, knowledgeable and thorough hygienist. She helped me to considerably improve the health of my gums. Thank you.
Knowledgeable and Kind
Cody did an excellent job! She is the best hygienist I’ve had, very knowledgeable and kind. DR VAN Dyke is Great! Thank you for everything
My Teeth Sparkle!
Just had my teeth cleaned and Tanya Hunter did an amazing job making my teeth sparkle! Keep up good work.
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.
Everyone here is highly professional & very nice. Top notch.
Super friendly office and Doc! Very quick in and out.
Dee Dee M
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!
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.
Service & Staff were Amazing
Service and staff were amazing! Very polite and professional.
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”
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
An Excellent Experience
Excellent experience getting my teeth cleaned. The staff are all very considerate, pleasant and knowledgeable.
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!
Just had a session with a first class hygienist. She was exceptionally professional in her manner and technique.
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!”
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….
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!