Everyone, at some time or another, experiences dry mouth, it may happen when you are nervous, upset or under stress. Dry mouth at any time can not only be uncomfortable- it can have serious consequences for your health. Saliva does more than just keep your mouth wet. It helps digest food, protects teeth from decay, prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth, and it makes it possible for you to chew and swallow. Without enough saliva, you can develop tooth decay or other infections in the mouth.
A decreased saliva rate leads to changes in PH and increase bacterial attacks on the vulneral portions of the teeth, such as exposed roots.
This tends to create odor, pain and left untreated will form rampant decay, thus leaving the affected teeth unsalvageable.
Cancer patients and patients on a variety of medications that cause dry mouth, bad breath, loss of taste, inability to swallow food easily and pain can have problems of increased decay.
Old Town Smiles has incorporated protocols to aid our patients condition and it’s potential consequences. We utilize diet and oral health consulting as well as a protocol using a special fluoride and Xylitol rinses and products to control dry mouth syndrome, preserving healthy smiles.