Dental Health Maryville TNHello, welcome to the Marty W. Lindahl, DDS blog. Today we are going to talk about Dry Mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Maryville TN dentistry patients.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Maryville TN adults, however, people of all ages may experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for general dentistry patients in Maryville TN is prescription medications.

Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Maryville TN) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.

It is common for allergy-prone Marty W. Lindahl, DDS dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Maryville TN area cosmetic dental patients. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur in the absence of saliva for Maryville TN dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Marty W. Lindahl, DDS to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marty Lindahl.

When you visit Marty W. Lindahl, DDS in Maryville, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Marty Lindahl can give you an accurate diagnosis.

Dr. Marty Lindahl
Marty W. Lindahl, DDS
2625 Old Niles Ferry Rd
Maryville, Tennessee
(865) 983-4444