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Cypress, TX 77433

Look Carefully at Dry Mouth: Causes and Treatment

dentist in CypressDo you suffer with dry mouth? Experiencing dry mouth may only seem like a nuisance but persistent dryness can affect your oral health greatly. If you have prolonged oral dryness, we recommend discussing this with our team so that we can make sure your wellbeing is not in danger.

The clinical term for persistent dry mouth is xerostomia, and this condition can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Fortunately, our dentist can help determine the underlying causes of dry mouth, recommend tips for overcoming it, and provide treatment, if necessary.

Causes of Dry Mouth

A number of conditions and lifestyle factors can cause xerostomia. Even the medications you take can cause dry mouth. Medical conditions like diabetes can affect saliva production, which in turn, can cause dry mouth. Any condition that affects saliva production will cause xerostomia. Additionally, some medications—both over the counter and prescription – can have a drying effect on the mouth. Anti-depressants and allergy medication are common contributors to dry mouth. Lifestyle habits like smoking, inadequate water consumption, and diets high in salt will also dry out soft oral tissues.

Oral health conditions also contribute to dry mouth and can even exacerbate its symptoms. Patients with periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and abscesses should be wary of dry mouth.

Treating Persistent Dry Mouth

Sometimes, changes to your lifestyle can alleviate symptoms of dry mouth. Increasing water intake, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, and reducing sodium in your diet can easily improve oral health. If medications or health conditions are responsible for dry mouth, our dentist may recommend increasing water consumption to keep the mouth moist and using mouth rinses to help with saliva production. Chewing sugar-free gum can also increase saliva production.

Since dry mouth can be a sign of a bigger problem or contribute to oral health conditions, including dental caries and gum disease, it is important that patients schedule routine checkups and cleanings.

If you struggle with dry mouth, call our practice at 281-256-6866 to reserve an appointment with our team.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

veneers CypressPorcelain veneers are a permanent way to achieve a perfect looking smile. As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today, some of the world’s most notable people wear veneers. Celebrities like Tom Cruise and Miley Cyrus have benefitted from these cosmetic smile enhancements. Porcelain veneers are permanently cemented to teeth so that our patients can eat foods with confidence and enjoy their new smiles for years to come. Veneers are long lasting and durable. While the rich and famous enjoy star quality smiles, veneers are available to people in our community, too. In fact, our cosmetic dentist offers handcrafted veneers and has experience improving the aesthetics of a smile with various techniques.

What are porcelain veneers and how do they work?

Veneers are razor thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain. Handcrafted by dental technicians, veneers are used to conceal imperfect teeth. Each veneer is made to cover a specific tooth and when permanently cemented over flawed teeth, they produce a uniform and natural looking smile. With veneers, a patient can achieve a total smile makeover. Porcelain is a great material to use because it looks very much like natural teeth in its color and light-reflecting qualities.

Who benefits from veneers?

Anyone with dental imperfections can benefit from veneers. Most of the time, patients receiving veneers have multiple types of flaws such as stained, misshapen, and misaligned teeth. Some folks refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” because after these cosmetic enhancements are bonded to teeth, patients’ smiles appear perfectly straight and proportionate.

How do I care for porcelain veneers?

Caring for veneers is easy. They are brushed and flossed like biological teeth. Although veneers are very resistant to staining, we recommend drinking dark beverages like wine or coffee through a straw to prevent any discoloration.

What should I do if I am interested in cosmetic dentistry?

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic dentist. At your appointment, our team can help you decide which type of procedure is best for your needs and budget.

Call us today at the office of Dr. Lori Logan to reserve time with our dentist.