It’s that time year again, lots of pollen that is creating havoc on our respiratory systems and have us reaching for antihistamines, decongestants and the tissue box. Antihistamines and decongestants along with a myriad of other medications can cause dry mouth. Breathing through your mouth can also be a cause. Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable but can also affect your oral health. Saliva helps to dilute acids that are produced by plaque (biofilm that builds up on your teeth every 12-24 hours). Without saliva’s buffering abilities, decay can start and spread much faster. It can also contribute to gum disease. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help counteract dry mouth. Below is a partial list of things you can do at home. Even if you don’t have dry mouth the following recommendations can help cut down or eliminate future decay:
- Sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum. We recommend sugar free gum and mints sweetened with xylitol. Spry brand contains the optimum amount of xylitol. It can be purchased at your local health food store (Cost Plus Nutrition in the Vineyards or Whole foods)
- Drinking plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist. Avoid fruit juices or soda ( both regular and diet)
- Protecting your teeth by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste or a toothpaste that also contains xylitol such as Oxyfresh and visit your dentist regularly.
- Avoid alcohol based mouthrinses. We recommend a mouthrinse that contains xylitol such as Oxyfresh which can be purchased at our office or you can purchase Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse at a local drugstore.
- Breathing through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible
- Using a room vaporizer to add moisture to the bedroom air
- Using saliva substitute such as Biotene which can be purchased at a local drugstore
Evora Pro is an oral probiotic that is dissolved in the mouth and specifically helps to crowd out bad bacteria that can proliferate in the absence of saliva. Evora Pro can be purchased at our office. One tablet a day is recommended for chronic dry mouth. This product is gluten free but does contain trace levels of milk proteins.
Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio, Dr. Edward J Camacho it is part of our mission to provide education and recommendations to our patients to help them keep their teeth for a lifetime. It is what you do on a daily basis that has the biggest affect on your oral health. Poor oral health is now linked to a number of health problems. This only makes sense since virulent bacteria in the mouth are circulated throughout the body.
Regular check- ups and cleanings are also crucial. Schedule your appointment today if you have not been seen in the last year. We look forward to seeing you!