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:
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.
Dori Scott 10/08/2019
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
Percy Carter 10/02/2019
Dr. Van Dyke is a very courteous and professional dentist. His calming demeanor helps make every patient feel at ease. I definitely recommend him!
Adam Beno 10/11/2019
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.
Jake Lewis 8/26/2019
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.
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!