What Causes Dry Mouth?

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today, I want to talk about dry mouth. Dry mouth can be very serious for your teeth, in that your saliva protects your teeth from cavities. What causes dry mouth? Well, there’s many things. There’s some conditions that cause dry mouth, but there’s also most drugs actually cause dry mouth. About three-quarters of the drugs out there that you may be taking can cause dry mouth, or at least have a risk of dry mouth. Some of those drugs include antidepressants, anticoagulants, high blood pressure medication, heart medication. The list goes on. There are many, many drugs that cause dry mouth.

How do you protect your teeth when you have dry mouth? Well, the most important thing, which you probably already know, is keep your mouth wet. The way you can keep your mouth wet is have a glass of water by the bed. Another way is to use Biotene. Biotene is a company that makes dental products specifically for dry mouth. Some other ways are to just keep drinking water. Always carry a water bottle with you, that way you’re just able to rinse out those sugars or whatever it is you’re eating out of your mouth and not just leaving it in a dry environment where the bacteria can flourish.

If you are taking any of these medications or notice that you have dry mouth, definitely come and see us so we can talk more about it. Again, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.

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