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:
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.
Doctor and Staff are Top Notch
I called Dr. Van Dyke’s office and explained my emergency situation. I was then told to come right over and would be squeezed in. My problem was then rectified very quickly. All future options were explained in detail. Doctor and staff are top notch!
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.
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
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”
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.
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!
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
Thorough & Friendly
Very thorough and everyone is super friendly. Cody was my hygienist and she was the best!
The doctor and staff are very caring and provide the best possible options. Excellent experience .
Extremely efficient office staff and dentist was very knowledgeable and explained everything thoroughly.
I can’t stress enough how impressed I am with this dentist office. These individuals really make your visit comfortable. If your looking for a new dentist I would look no further.
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”
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!
Professional & Pleasant
Spending the month of March on Marco Island and of course a cap comes off the first week. After searching around some I gave Island Tower Dentistry a call. Had to wait a couple of days for an appointment but kept using polident to put the cap back in place temporarily. Once I got in… the office everyone from the receptionist to the dental assistant and the dentist himself were very professional and pleasant. After a visual inspection and an xray it was determined that the cap could be safely cemented back in place. It has been a few days now and all is well. Glad to have found this place. Read more “Professional & Pleasant”
Amazing Dentist & Staff
Amazing Dentist and staff! Highly recommend Island Tower Dentistry!
Always a Good Experience
Have always had a good experience here. Always professional and courteous.
Thorough & Professional
Highly recommended ! Very thorough and professional. I’ve never felt so comfortable at a Dentist’s office. Relaxing environment, state of the art equipment. Our family loves it here !
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”
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”
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”
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!
I’d Recommend to Anyone
Very professional. Very satisfied. I would recommend Dr. Van Dyke to anyone.
Efficient and Pleasant
I had my scheduled teeth cleaning today November 2nd With Cody the hygienist who Was fabulous. Also I was examined by doctor Van Dyck who noted a few things for us to watch. The whole staff is very efficient and pleasant to deal it. Thank you island tower dentistry!
Island Tower by far has the friendliest employees. They always take care of me whenever I go there. Just like everyone else I dread going to the dentist, but here they really do make a difference! I highly recommend this dentistry!
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….
Warm, friendly staff, state of the art technology and five star practice. True professionals.
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!
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.
Tanya did an outstanding job cleaning my teeth. I’ve been going there for years and can attest to the fact that they are excellent, professional, caring, and willing to help no matter the circumstances.
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!