Posts Tagged ‘ Xerostomia ’

Dental Erosion – Silent and Costly

  The loss of tooth enamel due to acid erosion is a growing epidemic.  A 2012 study found that 22 percent of US adults have acid erosion, which can cause tooth sensitivity, transparency, discoloration and decay. As tough as tooth enamel is, it can be worn down.  Acids from foods and drinks can dissolve the […]

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

What is Xerostomia?  Xerostomia is a condition related to the salivary glands which keep the mouth moist.  When the glands do not work properly, the amount of saliva in the mouth decreases, causing dry mouth.  Saliva prevents tooth decay, helps us taste and swallow our food and aids in digestion.  Xerostomia affects approximately 25% of […]

Root Caries (Decay)

What is Root Caries? Root caries (decay) occurs on the area of the tooth where recession has occurred and roots are exposed. Unlike the crown of the tooth that is covered by enamel, roots are made of dentin which can decay easier. This type of decay becomes more common with age. What Causes Root Caries? […]

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Xerostomia is defined as dry mouth due to reduced saliva flow.  Xerostomia is not a disease, but a symptom.  I estimate  20% of my dental practice patients have a decrease in salivary gland function. Difficulty in speech, eating and swallowing can be caused by xerostomia.  It also leads to halitosis and a dramatic rise in […]