Posts for: December, 2016

December 28, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Ways to Relieve Dry Mouth

In our last two blog posts, we discussed what dry mouth is, as well as some common causes. Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of dry mouth is as a side effect of medications. When this is the case, it is hard to avoid dry mouth, as you need many of the medications. 

Though you may not be able to avoid dry mouth, there are many steps you can take to find relief. Below, Dr Samuels in Rockville, MD provides several ways to stimulate your saliva production and fight back against dry mouth.

Dry Mouth Rockville MD

- Increase the amount of water you consume.
- Maintain your regular brushing and flossing schedule.
- Chew sugarless chewing gum that contains Xylitol.
- Eat foods that promote saliva production (carrots, celery, pears).
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Make sure that your lips are hydrated. If you suffer from dry lips, keep lip balm handy.
- Use a product like Biotene, a saliva substitute. 
- Maintain your routine dental checkups.

In our next blog post, we will conclude our blog series on dry mouth by looking at things to eliminate in order to avoid dry mouth. If you are suffering from dry mouth, or would like to schedule a routine dental check up, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD is always welcoming new patients. Feel free to contact us today!

December 12, 2016
Category: Dental Health

What are Common Causes of Dry Mouth?

In our last blog post, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD, introduced dry mouth, and why it can be so harmful to your oral health. In order to identify dry mouth, and begin finding relief, it is important to identify what might be triggering your dry mouth. 

Causes of Dry Mouth

Below, we outline several common causes of dry mouth:

- Medications
- Diseases like anemia and diabetes
- Chemotherapy
- Nerve Damage
- Dehydration
- Smoking
- Excessive caffeine consumption
- Excessive alcohol consumption

Any of the above can be a cause of dry mouth. However, the medications you are taking are usually the biggest culprit. Below, Dr. Samuels lists what types of medicine have dry mouth as a side effect:

- Antihistamines
- Antidepressants
- Analgesic (painkillers)
- Diuretics
- Hypertension medications
- Decongestants 

Unfortunately, if you are experiencing dry mouth as a result of medications, you may not be able to avoid this. Due to this, Dr. Samuels will provide some ways to find relief in our next blog post. If you you like to schedule an appointment, contact us today. 

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