Having enough saliva is important both to your general health and your dental health. Our saliva is part of the digestive system and helps us break down our food. Not having enough, or dry mouth, can compromise our digestion and add stress to our stomachs. Saliva is also an essential part of the health of our mouths and teeth. It moistens the gum tissues, cleanses food particles off the teeth and protects us against the germs that cause cavities.
Many things can cause saliva to change in either quantity or quality. Often, as a normal part of aging our mouths will get drier. Many commonly prescribed medications that treat high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, and depression can decrease the amount of saliva we produce. There are also some common medical conditions that can cause dry mouth.
Whatever the cause when we have less saliva, or saliva changes we need to know that we are at greater risk of getting cavities, gingivitis and losing teeth. It’s not uncommon for patients who have not had a new cavity in decades to suddenly have several and the only change is having a dry mouth. Often, when we start to figure out what happened it often comes down to a change in their bodies ability to protect the teeth due to lack of saliva.
Lets Talk About It
Whenever patients notice having a dry mouth or when you start a new medication, we hope you’ll share that with us. A quick conversation with me at my Dallas dental office can help you to avoid having new dental problems by adding fluoride rinses, prescription toothpaste, more frequent cleanings and using other simple preventive strategies.
Important signs of dry mouth to watch out for:
• Feeling like you need to have a sip of water more often
• Needing or wanting to chew gum or use mints or hard candies
• Your upper lip sticking to your top teeth
• Red irritated tongue of gum tissue
• Burning when you eat spicy foods.
• Dry throat
• Bad Breath
We Would Love to be Your Dallas Dental Team
We are always welcoming new patients. I provide General & Cosmetic Dentistry, including Veneers, Teeth Whitening and Smile Design, TMJ Therapy & Facial Pain Relief, BioRejuvenation Dentistry, Sleep Apnea Therapy Utilizing the proven Vivos Method, A Biologic Alternative to Conventional Crowns with Biomimetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontal Health, Invisalign Clear Aligners, & Dental Implants.
I became a Dentist in 2001 because I believe I have been called to help people transform their current dental health status by purposefully moving forward towards health, wellness, vitality, and longevity. I am passionate about helping people live a better life and have a more fulfilling future through optimal dental health. I have developed a special interest in helping patients who suffer from bite problems, facial pain, headache pain, and TMJ disorders.
With my extensive training and expertise, including ongoing continuing education course work to sharpen my skills and acquire the latest advancements in Bioesthetic Rejuvenation Dentistry, I can offer a variety of treatment options to restore worn, damaged and missing teeth with exceptionally functional aesthetic results.
Contact Us Today!
I’d like to invite you to call us today (972) 661-3666 to schedule your appointment and start your journey to better health. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Though my office is located in Dallas, I also see many patients from Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving, Denton, Richardson, Grapevine, and the surrounding areas.
To Your Health,
Dr. James Segulyev, DDS
Segulyev Dental Arts – Dallas, Texas Dentist