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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Makes Me Feel Like Family
Island tower dentistry makes me feel like family the second I walk into the door. The staff is very professional! I would highly recommend !
Warm, friendly staff, state of the art technology and five star practice. True professionals.
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.
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….
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”
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!
Service & Staff were Amazing
Service and staff were amazing! Very polite and professional.
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”
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!
Caring & Friendly
Fantastic office!!! Everyone is very professional, caring and friendly. I would highly recommend Dr. Van Dyke and his team of wonderful ladies.
Can’t say that going to the dentist is one of my favorite things to do but I can say that Dr. Schulze and his crew make it less stressful and really seem to care about doing it right. I highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for excellent care.
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!
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
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!
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”
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”
When you walk through the door you are immediately welcomed. The best part about this office is the assistants. Hannah is my favorite! She’s so gentle and such a perfectionist. I enjoy going to the dentist now, because of her!
Very Positive Experience
Beginning with the front office the experience was very positive. The entire staff was professional, friendly and welcoming. Dr Van Dyke and Cody, my hygienist, were informative and thorough with their respective exams and treatment suggestions without being overbearing. It was obvious the staff respected and worked well with each other. I am very pleased… with my choice of dental care. Read more “Very Positive Experience”
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.
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”
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!
Professional & Compassionate
Haven’t met Dr. Van Dyke yet, but Dr. Schulze is a complete professional & compassionate person thru-and-thru and the team he put together is hard to top. Yeni is the most comprehensive, knowledgeable, & detail-oriented hygienist ever. She keeps me in check.
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!
Thorough & Friendly
Very thorough and everyone is super friendly. Cody was my hygienist and she was the best!
The Entire Staff is Great
We had just started going here and loved the care given by Dr. Schulze and his team only to find out a little while later that he was retiring. So we gave his replacement, Dr. Van Dyke a try and we really like him. He’s gentle, patient and explains things very well. I like that… he is young and they optimize the most modern procedures, equipment, etc. The entire staff is great. One of the reasons we left our previous dental practice was because they were so “marketing” focused and they were way over the top. This practice has been perfect for us. They all do an outstanding job from booking appointments to after-care. Read more “The Entire Staff is Great”
Dentist who Cares
Dr Van Dyke is wonderful! My teeth were fractured and in horrible condition. Dr van Dyke assessed my issues, made a plan of attack and over several months restored my smile and my teeth. He also did surgery on my gums to prevent tooth loss. All this was done painlessly! He is kind and a… dentist that is serious about helping patients! Read more “Dentist who Cares”
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.
Great People. Great Dental Care
Great people, great dental care. Highly recommend for all dental needs. Simply the best. Cody did a wonderful job and got me in and out on a busy day.
The doctor and staff are very caring and provide the best possible options. Excellent experience .
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”
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!