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Did you know that there can be serious consequences to the effects of dry mouth? Dry mouth is a treatable problem and should not be ignored. Tooth decay and gum problems, along with bad breath and discomfort while eating and speaking, are a few of the problems associated with dry mouth. Dry mouth happens when the glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva because they are not functioning properly.

There are many reasons that people develop dry mouth. Taking certain common medications can cause dry mouth. Autoimmune disorders, chemotherapy for cancer and radiation therapy for the head and neck are also common causes for dry mouth. If you begin to develop a dry feeling in your throat or mouth sores it could be an indicator of dry mouth. Some people get dry, cracked lips or a rough dry tongue with dry mouth.

Saliva production in your mouth is critical to defend against periodontal disease and tooth decay. Saliva helps with food digestion and swallowing. Saliva helps clean the teeth and fight against bacteria; it also helps neutralize acids in the mouth. It is a buffering agent that is crucial for proper oral health. Saliva has important minerals in it that help resurface the teeth.

Talk to your dentist if you think you have the symptoms of dry mouth. You will need to tell your dentist about any and all medications that you are currently taking, so bring an updated list with you to your next dental appointment. Your dentist can share a list of medications that typically cause dry mouth symptoms. You may need to start using products with fluoride to help protect your teeth.  Your dentist may prescribe a medication designed to help your body produce more saliva.

If you suffer from dry mouth you can help the problem by sipping water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist. Sucking on sugar free candy or ice chips help, but avoid chewing on both candy and ice. Chewing sugar free gum is also good to help stimulate saliva production. You can purchase and use over the counter saliva products to help combat dry mouth. These products are designed to keep your mouth moist. Using a humidifier in your home and bed room can be helpful for dry mouth. Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco should be avoided or limited if you struggle with dry mouth as they can all exasperate the problem.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

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This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123