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Dry Mouth Alert

Walnut-Creek-Cosmetic-DentistDry mouth or reduced salivary flow has been linked to a number of serious dental conditions such as chronic bad breath (halitosis), cavities, and oral infections. Did you know that the medications used to treat many common health conditions are the main cause of dry mouth symptoms?If you or your family members are taking prescription or over the counter medications for the following conditions, talk to your cosmetic dentist in Walnut Creek CA about the necessary preventative measures:
  • Acne
  • Nicotine Addiction
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Antibiotics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antispasmodic Medications
  • Antiviral Drugs
  • Appetite Suppression
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Enlarged Prostrate
  • Bladder/Urinary Tract Infections
  • Cancer
  • Cold/Cough
  • Crohn’s disease/ Ulcerative colitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Diuretic
  • Epilepsy
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Fungal Infections
  • Glaucoma
  • Heartburn, GERD, Acid Reflux
  • Heart Disease/ High Blood Pressure
  • Hepatitis C
  • High Cholesterol
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Migraines
  • muscle Relaxants
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Organ Transplant Drugs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pain management (both analgesics and narcotics)
  • Parkinson’s Syndrome
  • Pituitary Gland Tumors
  • Skin Conditions
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Surgical Anesthesia
  • Thyroid Conditions

There are hundreds of medications that are used to treat the previously mentioned health conditions. Some of the medications can be purchased over-the counter without a prescription from your physician or dentist. Some medications must be taken for the rest of your life, if the advantages are found to outweigh the disadvantages. And, some the side-effects of some medications can be intensified in combination with other medications, foods, or beverages. In other cases, dry mouth can be the result of the health condition itself, more so than a side-effect of the drugs.

To complicate matters further, it may be impossible to identify dry mouth on your own. You may be unaware that your salivary flow has decreased just a little, or you may have grown accustomed to feeling thirsty throughout the day.

You can trust your Walnut Creek CA cosmetic dentist to identify the signs of this condition, and then guide you towards the oral hygiene regimen that would be most helpful for you. To learn more, call to schedule your appointment today.

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