Dry Mouth: The Root of the Problem Pt 2

Continuing our discussion on dry mouth, we want to discuss some of the common causes of this issue so it can be treated properly.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

As we discussed in our first blog on dry mouth, dry mouth is the result of low saliva flow. The common reasons an individual may experience dry mouth include:

Medications
Anemia
Diabetes
Chemotherapy
Smoking
Dehydration
Nerve Damage
Caffeine

Any of the above can cause this issue, but medication is the most common reason why someone may experience dry mouth.

Here are some types of medications that can contribute to this problem.

Pain Killers
Antidepressants
Allergy medications
Blood Pressure medications
Diuretics
Decongestants

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Be sure to stay tuned for Part 3 of our blog series on “Dry Mouth” where we will discuss treatment options that can offer you relief.

If you experience dry mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH to learn more about what treatment options are available.

Are You Thirsty for Answers About Your Dry Mouth? – Part 1

If you feel thirsty all of the time, have trouble swallowing certain kinds of food or your saliva feels thick or foamy, you might be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from dry mouth.

Did you know that dry mouth affects more than 1 in 4 individuals? If you do suffer from this dental health issues, just remember it is a very common. We want to share some information on what this issue is and why treating it is important to your oral health.

What is Dry Mouth?

Simply put, dry mouth is the lack of salivary flow. Saliva helps us in many ways, including aiding in the digestive process, preventing tooth decay, keeping your mouth lubricated for healthy, soft tissues and helping to fight off infection. Not having enough saliva can lead to serious dental health issues.

Why is it a Problem?

The flow of saliva is vital for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Dry mouth has been associated with a number of diseases, such as gum disease and diabetes. This is why it is important to know the signs, causes and treatment options if you experience dry mouth.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog series on dry mouth where we will discuss some of the causes.

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If you experience dry mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH to learn more about what treatment options are available.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Did you know almost 1 in 8 adults may suffer from sensitive teeth? The sensitivity of your teeth can range from mild to extreme and can come and go over time. If you do experience sensitivity in any of your teeth, some of these may be the reason why.

1. Uneven Bite – If a tooth has shifted you may experience sensitivity. Shifting may occur because of thumb sucking, loss of bone structure, tooth extraction, and more. If this is the case, a bite adjustment will usually correct the problem.

2. Trauma to the Tooth – If you have a tooth that is bruised or cracked, it may be sensitive. If you have damage to the tooth, be sure to speak with your dentist to see what treatment options are available.

3. Infection – An infection in one of your teeth can be the reason for extreme sensitivity. You will need to see the dentist for them to clean the infection and make sure no serious dental health issues form.

4. Decay – If a tooth has decayed, it tends to be sensitive to hot or cold, acidic, or sweet foods. If this is the case, you will likely need a filling to solve the issue.

5. Exposed Dentin – The most common causes of tooth sensitivity is if dentin (the inner layer of the tooth) is exposed. Dentin can become exposed for a number of reasons, but each case varies from person to person.

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Be sure to look out for our next blog where we will explain what can cause root dentin to become exposed.

Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity?

If you have a tooth that is sensitive, be sure to contact Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH. Tooth sensitivity may be a sign of more serious dental issues so you will want to have it checked out as soon as possible.