Dry mouth (xerostomia) occurs when the amount of saliva in the mouth becomes reduced. Saliva, with its proteins and enzymes, is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated and healthy. Dry mouth is a very common condition and affects more than 1 out of every 4 adults. If dry mouth is left untreated it can lead to rapid decay, oral malodor, difficulties eating, and allow the mucosa and periodontal tissues to be more vulnerable to infection.
Diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease can affect saliva, with the main autoimmune inflammatory disease being Sjgren’s syndrome. Other causes of dry mouth include certain cancer treatments, such as radiation to the head and neck and damage to the glands’ nerve system. Cancer treatment often requires procedures such as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, all of which can damage salivary tissue and may have a dramatic effect on salivary flow. In the most severe case, this can result in a total loss of salivary output.
Many over-the-counter and prescription medicines can affect saliva flow. In fact, medications are the leading cause of dry mouth. Over 400 different medications have been associated with xerostomia.(1,3,4) and additionally taking more than one medication significantly increases the chance of having dry mouth.
Common medications associated with dry mouth include:
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Beta blockers
We Now Offer NeutraSal
NeutraSal (supersaturated calcium phosphate rinse) is a prescription mouth rinse. NeutraSal is packaged in single use packets of dissolving powder, that when mixed in water, creates an oral rinse supersaturated with calcium and phosphate ions.
NeutraSal? does NOT contain sugar, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or any preservatives.
How does NeutraSal work?
NeutraSal? is an advanced electrolyte solution that mimics natural saliva. NeutraSal contains electrolytes such as calcium, phosphate, bicarbonate and chloride. These electrolytes are necessary for a healthy, functioning mouth. NeutraSal? is designed to replace the normal ionic and pH balance in the oral cavity (mouth).
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Proper oral hygiene is not the only key to good dental health; the right diet choices are just as important as regular brushing, flossing, and biannual trips to the dentist. In fact, healthy food decisions today can help protect your teeth from future cavities and gum disease.
One of the most notorious villains in the fight against tooth decay is sugar. Sugar and other foods high in starches cause sticky plaque to form, which begins to eat away the protective enamel coating of the tooth and leads to decay. Because so many foods and drinks in the average American’s diet today contain significant amounts of sugar, it is absolutely imperative to practice daily dental maintenance.
A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for long-term dental health as well. When your diet is low in certain nutrients, it becomes harder for the tissues of your mouth to resist infection, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, the main cause of tooth loss in adults. Also, fluoridated water builds strong teeth from the inside out. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in fiber combined with proper oral hygiene will help keep your teeth and body healthy throughout your life, and healthy diet choices today will protect your teeth and gums from decay and disease tomorrow.
Tooth decay occurs when small bits of food sit undisturbed in the corners of the mouth and form plaque on the enamel of the teeth. As these plaques harden, they begin to dissolve the enamel, which can cause painful cavities and bleeding gums. Although tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems in America and can lead to serious complications later in life, it is preventable through the proper care of your teeth and gums.
By brushing with fluoride-based toothpaste, you can counteract the acids on your teeth and prevent them from destroying the enamel. Flossing also helps prevent plaques from forming between your teeth, which helps keep your breath fresh and your smile bright. However, while brushing, flossing and diet play vital roles in the fight against tooth decay, regular visits to your dentist are essential for protecting your teeth and gums from the damage caused by everyday use.
Regular check-ups and cleanings at your dentist’s office are imperative for long-term dental health. Only a dental professional is properly trained to recognize the warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems that the average person might overlook. Contact Drs. Mann and Dolfi now to explore your options – don’t let tooth decay jeopardize a confident smile!
We now offer the first professional strength oral probiotic that accelerates the repopulation of beneficiary bacteria after a cleaning, gingivitis therapy, and periodontal disease therapy. Evorapro is made from 100% natural ingredients and is derived from the natural flora that lives in a healthy mouth.
ProBiora3? has been clinically proven to lower the levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth, which supports the maintenance of the health of teeth, sub-gingival tissue, periodontal pockets and the entire oral cavity. Delivering results below the gum line gets to the root of oral care needs.
Many ingredients in this market are antibacterial or antiseptic. This shotgun approach kills oral bacteria indiscriminately and disrupts the delicate balance of microflora in the oral cavity, providing short-term superficial surface results that can ultimately increase the imbalance of opportunistic bacteria.The probiotic strains in ProBiora3 are live, beneficial bacteria that bind to the tooth?s surface and permeate deep under the gum line.
A natural by-product of Streptococcus oralis KJ3 and, to a lesser extent, Streptococcus uberis KJ2 two of the three strains included in ProBiora3 is a low-dose of hydrogen peroxide. As these good bacteria are replenished daily, they create a gradual whitening with the full benefits of long contact times, delivering 24 hour per day 7 days per week (24-7) coverage for balancing and brightening. Current tooth whiteners can irritate gingival tissues and cause tooth sensitivity.
The three bacterial species used in ProBiora3 are known to be normal colonizers of the human mouth and, as such, address a major issue for successful application as a probiotic for use in maintaining oral and dental health. The three specific strains have been the subject of multiple investigations over the past two decades.
How it works
When the ProBiora3? ingredient enters the mouth and contacts saliva, the freeze-dried probiotics activate and live, active bacteria attach themselves both on the surface of the teeth and deep beneath the gum line. These colonies become a basecamp of beneficial bacteria to support oral health. With daily replenishment, the ProBiora3 bacteria re-establish the natural microbial balance in the mouth and create whiter teeth, fresher breath and healthier teeth and gums.
In the oral cavity, harmful bacteria convert sugar and carbohydrates into lactic acid. Lactic acid is the bacterial byproduct which is responsible for dental caries and the erosion of tooth enamel. Without requiring lifestyle changes, the addition of the ProBiora3 probiotic ingredient can positively affect the long-term health and wellness of the mouth and the other health systems dependent on oral health.
One unique strain of beneficial flora used in ProBiora3 is lactic-acid deficient and can promote healthy teeth. A byproduct of the other two strains is a natural low dose of hydrogen peroxide, which safely supports healthy gums, fresher breath and whiter teeth.