Health Tips - Dry Mouth

 
Dry Mouth

If your mouth feels dry, then you have “dry mouth”. It’s that simple. It can have a variety of causes, such as infection, medications, smoking, and chemotherapy. Machines that flow air into the mouth can mechanically cause a dry mouth due to the stream of air.

Dry mouth isn’t just a feeling, it is a condition that is very unhealthy for your mouth. Saliva normally creates the lubricated feeling in your mouth. It helps to wash away germs and flush the mouth of particles. Saliva also contains minerals such as calcium and phosphate, that help protect against the risk of tooth decay. Without enough saliva, the teeth can be at risk for severe tooth decay, discomfort and sensitivity. It is part of your body’s natural oral defense.

Something simple that increases the production of saliva is called MI Paste. MI paste contains calcium and phosphate in a solution that helps strengthen the tooth enamel and protect the teeth from cavities. It also helps soothe and reduce tooth sensitivity. The pH of MI Paste is around 7.8, which is slightly alkaline; this is good for reducing bacterial growth and acting as a buffer against plaque.

MI paste is prescribed and best overseen by a dentist. It is ideally used in custom-made trays that fit the surfaces of your teeth snugly and over part of the gums. In extreme dry mouth cases, these trays can be worn overnight. For easiest application into the tray, you can use a small, fine cosmetic brush exclusively for this purpose to “paint” the paste onto the trays.

As not many dentists are experienced with these products as of this writing, if you live near or visit Los Angeles, phone Dr. Pearl Zadeh’s office at 818-716-6722 for help with this. Let them know Dr. Pepi referred you for a discount on their exam.

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