Dentist Sandy Springs: Polypharmacy Dry Mouth Solutions

PolypharmacyAre medications making your mouth dry? If you are taking medications, and especially if you’re taking several, you may be suffering from dry mouth as a result.  More than 1,000 medications can cause dry mouth, including common drugs for conditions including blood pressure, allergies, heart disease and depression.

Dry mouth means there is less saliva in your mouth for the natural protection of your teeth.  The lack of saliva increases your chances of having tooth decay and cavities, and can also result in tooth sensitivity.  It’s important to replenish the mineral in your mouth that you would otherwise get from saliva.

Brushing your teeth properly (with toothpaste containing fluoride) after every meal and flossing once a day can help protect your teeth, gums and mouth tissue and help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth. Also, asking your dentist how to properly scrape your tongue and doing it once a day can help prevent dry mouth and protect your mouth from infections. It is important to understand the necessity of good oral hygiene when learning how to get rid of dry mouth.

Aside from the above dry mouth treatments, there are other ways to protect your mouth tissues and help prevent dry mouth.  One such method is the use of ‘MI Paste’.  It helps relieve dry mouth by restoring a “normal feeling” of saliva lubrication in the mouth.  It helps strengthen your teeth against tooth decay.  Finally, MI Paste restores minerals such as calcium and phosphate that help strengthen your teeth and it helps sooth sensitivity that often accompanies dry mouth and mineral loss.

Cut down on carbohydrate intake – pastas and breads tend to be more difficult to swallow and require more water to chew, swallow and digest.  Drink water while eating and chew your food thoroughly before swallowing.  Lower your intake of spicy foods or foods containing high levels of sugar. Bring a glass of water to bed, and sip it regularly throughout the night. Avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine intake. Lastly, because dry mouth can cause other complications such as tooth decay and gingivitis, visit your dentist regularly and make sure to let him or her know that you suffer from dry mouth.

If we can be of help or you have questions or concerns feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Sandy Springs: Who is a Dental Implant Candidate?

mature woman health smile dental implantsAnyone who is missing one or more teeth may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone.  The ideal candidate is in good global as well as oral health. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.

The best candidates have both bone and global health, including gum tissue, sufficient to accept a dental implant, because they are intimately connected by gum tissue and the underlying bone structure of the mouth.  While oral surgeons are highly trained to install implants, a periodontist may be involved to evaluate the gums and the bone structure.

It’s not acceptable to proceed with dental implants if there are issues of untreated disease in the teeth, gums or bone.  These circumstances can adversely affect the success of osseo-intergration and maintenance of the implant itself.  As a matter of course, a full mouth evaluation needs to done, as well as the appropriate x-rays need to be taken.

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants.  The patient’s overall health is more of a determining factor than age.  If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus[1], may contraindicate dental implant treatment.

Your dentist should determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants after careful evaluation of your dental & health history.  If we can be of service or you are interested in determining whether or not you are a candidate for implants, please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


[1] Diabetes, Smoking, Osteoporosis, loss of salivary function, and Sjogrens disease may present factors that affect the viability of dental implants.