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Why Is Dry Mouth Risky For Your Teeth?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Elgin Dental Patients?In this post from David A. Rice, DDS in Elgin, we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually influence oral health.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common problem, especially among older adults. However, people of any age may experience symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection. A more frequent cause, however, is prescription medications. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, and painkillers are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.

Adequate saliva is required to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we want our patients to enjoy good dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

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1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

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