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We need our spit more than you may think. In fact, saliva plays a key role in protecting your oral health as well as keeping your mouth comfortable when you speak and swallow. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why saliva levels can run low and cause patients to have a dry mouth. If you are suffering from a dry mouth, don’t ignore it. You could be putting your oral health in danger. The good news is that your dentist has ways of treating this common dental condition.

The Problem with a Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is medically termed xerostomia. It occurs when the salivary glands fail to produce adequate amounts of saliva to keep the mouth moist. Dry mouth can cause a host of unwanted disruptions, which include difficulty eating, speaking and sleeping. What you may not realize, however, is that saliva is also important in rinsing away acids, food debris and bacteria from our teeth and gums after meals. In this way, it is an important substance that wards off cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Therefore, a low production of saliva (xerostomia) can often put your oral health at risk if it is not treated.

Causes of Dry Mouth

The list of causes for dry mouth can be rather extensive. They include causes that patients can control as well as those they cannot. Here are some possible reasons for your “cotton mouth”:

  • Certain medications
  • Radiation therapy (cancer treatment)
  • Health conditions (Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, thrush)
  • Autoimmune disease HIV/AIDS and Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Natural aging process
  • Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco

Regardless of what is causing you to experience dry mouth, your dentist can help.

Let us Treat Your Dry Mouth

At Crabapple Dental, we are careful to identify the cause of your dry mouth before initiating an effective treatment plan. This can be as simple as working with your physician to change your medication or adding a special dry mouth rinse to your oral hygiene routine. Contact us today and let us reverse your dry mouth and protect your smile health!

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!!

Kim B.

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