Clinician's Corner: Tips for dealing with dry mouth
Dry mouth is more than just a pesky little problem for senior citizens and others— it can lead to many more serious oral health problems! Dr. Bruce Templeton shares symptoms to look out for and ways to deal with dry mouth to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Asthma and your oral health
If you have asthma, you probably already know that winter = colder weather = thriving viruses = upper respiratory infections = asthma attacks. What you may not know is that those asthma symptoms can have an impact on your smile.
Sjörgen’s syndrome and your oral health
In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we’re taking a look at Sjörgen’s syndrome and its oral health effects.
Defeating dry mouth
Dry mouth is what happens when your mouth’s salivary glands aren’t creating enough saliva for your mouth to stay wet. It can be a result of medications, aging issues or menopause, among other issues. Saliva production is important to your oral health, working to neutralize acids caused by bacteria in your mouth, and helping to wash away food particles. Losing that production can not only be uncomfortable, but may even lead to serious dental issues if left untreated. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, try some of these home remedies:
Menopause and your oral health
At some point in their lives, most women experience menopause. When complete, menopause can cause meaningful changes to a person’s body – including their oral health.
Common winter mouth issues – and how to help them
Your mouth – and your teeth and gums inside of it – are used to being at your body temperature. When you open your mouth and breathe in that frigid air, it can cause painful “zingers” across your teeth. If you do it often, it can even cause your teeth to expand and contract, damaging them.
What your tongue can say about your oral health
Even without speaking a word, your tongue can say a lot. The color, texture and patterns of your tongue can provide insight into the state of your oral and overall health. What is your tongue trying to tell you?
Medications can affect oral health
As we age, many of us find ourselves with health conditions that require medication. While these medications are often crucial for our health, some may have adverse side effects on our oral health.