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Your overall health is vital and issues in your moth can impact that.

Issues in your mouth can affect your overall health. Dr. Hallock at Wilmington Family Dental in Kettering, OH, is not only concerned about the condition of your dental car but also the care of your overall health conditions. Dry mouth is an issue that could be stemming from additional health concerns. As with any condition it is important to know the cause so you can receive treatment.

Dry Mouth may be a result of a underlying condition.

Dry Mouth may be a result of a underlying condition.

Dry Mouth and its Cause:

Dry mouth results from not having enough salivary flow, which may be a result of anemia, diabetes, chemotherapy, nerve damage, dehydration, caffeine, smoking and other diseases and infections.

Another cause of dry mouth is the use of certain types of medication. Here is a list of medications that may contribute to dry mouth:

  • Allergy medications (antihistamines-allergies can be difficult to escape in the Dayton Ohio area)
  • Antidepressants
  • Pain Killers
  • Diuretics
  • Blood Pressure medications
  • Decongestants

Stay tuned for Part 3 of our news series on Dry Mouth where we will discuss treatment tips to alleviate symptoms and find relief. 

drymouth_ketteringOHDo you find yourself thirsty much of the time ?

Maybe you are having trouble swallowing certain kinds of food? Maybe you have a thick and foamy feeling to your saliva? If you are experiencing any of these things, you could be among the millions of people in the United States that suffer from dry mouth.

You are not alone if you are suffering from the condition. About 25% of the population are affected by dry mouth. It is important to Dr. Hallock and all of us at Wilmington Family Dental that the teeth and gums of our patients in the Kettering, OH area are always at their healthiest. We hope you find this information on what dry mouth is and why treating this condition is very important to your oral health.

What causes Dry Mouth and what exactly is it ?

Dry mouth happens because there is either a lack of saliva or an inadequate saliva flow. Saliva is helpful to us in several ways. Saliva plays an instrumental part in the digestive process, it also helps to prevent tooth decay, saliva keeps our mouths moist in order to have healthy soft tissue and believe it or not it even helps us fight off infection. It is a vital part of our overall health and our oral health. The lack of saliva can be adverse to our health.

Can Dry Mouth be a sign of other problems ?

Since the production of saliva is extremely important in the maintenance of healthy teeth, gums and digestion, when we don't have enough of it the consequences can be not only uncomfortable but sometimes dangerous. Diseases associated with dry mouth include gum disease and diabetes. It is important for you to know the symptoms, causes and treatment for dry mouth. 

Be on the lookout for Part 2 of our series on Thirsty? The Skinny on Dry Mouth where we will discuss some of the causes of Dry Mouth. 

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