Dry mouth is a condition that causes the mouth to feel perpetually parched and sticky. Dry mouth can cause some discomfort, but many individuals who experience dry mouth think of it as little more than a nuisance.
Unfortunately, dry mouth can have a significant impact on the health of the teeth and gums. When dental damage and dry mouth affect our Chicago, IL patients, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger offers restorative dentistry treatment to improve oral health. These restorative dentistry services, along with tips for maintaining the moisture of the mouth, can be vital in restoring oral health and preventing future complications due to dry mouth.
Risks of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is understandably an uncomfortable condition that can leave a person feeling dehydrated. But what is it about dry mouth that affects oral health?
Many do not realize, but saliva is actually an important hygienic tool. Saliva moistens the mouth to assist in the digestive process, while helping to rinses away starches, sugars, and acids after a person eats or drinks.
If a person lacks sufficient saliva, it makes it much easier for harmful bacteria to thrive in the mouth. Because patients with dry mouth are missing an important cleaning tool, they are at a higher risk for a number of oral health problems, including:
- Acid erosion
- Advanced tooth decay
- Root canal infection
- Gum disease
Preventing Dry Mouth
There are many potential causes of dry mouth, including dehydration, genetics, and the use of certain medications. Although there is no specific cure for dry mouth, there are steps a patient can take to increase the moisture levels in the mouth and avoid the risk of dental complications.
Here are some tips for preventing dry mouth:
- Drink water frequently throughout the day
- Chew on sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva production
- Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption
- Refrain from smoking
- Consider the use of saliva substitutes or mouthwashes designed for dry mouth
Treating Dental Damage
By taking certain precautions, many patients can avoid dry mouth. However, any damage that has been caused by dry mouth will continue to progress if it is not treated.
Dr. Hessberger offers a range of restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage and restore the health of the teeth and gums. He can customize a treatment plan based on the unique needs of each patient.
Depending on how far dental damage has advanced, patients may be candidates for any of the following restorative dentistry treatments:
- Dental fillings
- Inlays and onlays
- Dental crowns
- Root canal therapy
- Periodontal treatment
Schedule an Appointment
If your mouth is persistently parched, or you are constantly reaching for a glass of water, you are probably suffering from dry mouth. Dr. Robert W. Hessberger can treat dental damage caused by dry mouth and help you control the condition so that further damage doesn’t occur. To learn more about these services, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.