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MEDICATIONS OFTEN HAVE frustrating side effects such as nausea or headaches. But did you know that dry mouth is also a common side effect of prescription drugs?

Saliva Helps Keep Your Mouth Healthy

There are over 400 medications that can affect your salivary glands. These medications include those used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s disease, and many other conditions.

Our salivary glands are extremely important because they produce saliva. Saliva keeps our mouths moist and breaks down the foods we eat. It also helps keep the bacteria in our mouths under control.

Dry mouth may result in:

  • A higher risk of gum disease
  • An increase in cavities
  • Discomfort and difficulty eating, swallowing and talking

8 Simple Solutions To Help Fight Dry Mouth

If you or someone you know is taking medications that may be causing dry mouth, there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your mouth moist and healthy.

  • Drink more water! Sip on it throughout the day.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum helps keep your mouth moist and salivary glands active. Just make sure the gum is sugarless.
  • Try eating frozen fruits. Frozen fruits may be soothing and satisfying to your dry and uncomfortable mouth.
  • Consider limiting your caffeine and alcoholic intake. It’s easier for your body to become dehydrated when consuming alcohol or caffeine.
  • Possibly use a humidifier while sleeping. This can help keep your skin and mouth hydrated.
  • Keep up with your daily oral care habits. Brushing and flossing help save your teeth from decay and other damaging problems caused by dry mouth.
  • Use saliva replacement products, such as the Biotene group of products, are also effective.
  • Keep your regular check-up appointments. We’ll help you prevent serious problems that can result from dry mouth.

Medications Aren’t The Only Cause

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Does Your Dry Mouth Problem Seem Severe? Let’s Talk

If you are having a lot of trouble with dry mouth, contact us. You may also want to consult your medical doctor about trying different medications or adjusting your dosages.

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COVID-19 UPDATE - November 2020

Despite the latest lockdown we are still open.

Due to social distancing requirements and enhanced infection control procedures we are having to run the practice at a reduced capacity then we would do normally.

Opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Mon-Thurs and 9.00 to 4.00pm Fridays.

Whilst we are doing check ups and routine dentistry we have long waiting times for appointments.

We also run a telephone emergency service during normal working hours. Out of hours advice is available via NHS Direct on 111.

Click here for information on how to deal with dental emergencies at home.

Due to our reduced capacity we are unable to take on new NHS patients but can provide emergency advice and care if appropriate. 

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