Many folks in our Fort Worth community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems.
Fort Worth people should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a very important role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to perform this task your body may not be getting important nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Fort Worth residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.
I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff and my staff and I at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have been treating xerostomia since 1990. I recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. I also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.
Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your Fort Worth physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.
Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older. 817-200-7323
Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry or a skilled cosmetic dentist adept at smile design? I invite you to come visit my practice at 909 W Mitchell St, Arlington TX. My team of dental professionals at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or complete smile makeover.
Our dental menu includes teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, short term braces, oral cancer screenings, inlays/onlays, cosmetic dental bonding, and restorative dentistry.
A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth.
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St