Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Woman Drinking a Bottle of WaterNews to Make a Mouth Water…

A thick, juicy prime rib of beef surrounded by a baked potato—all the trimmings—asparagus with drawn butter, fresh apple cobbler a la mode. Got your mouth watering? Good. Your salivary glands have been stimulated. And saliva’s a whole lot more important to you than helping you enjoy that special meal.

A Few Other Things You Might Find Good to Know About Saliva…

  • It has a critical role in the health of your mouth—and your body.
  • It’s a natural mouth rinse, flushing out the plaque that causes decay and periodontal disease.
  • It acts as a buffer against overly acid mouth.
  • Lack of saliva is a serious problem—and not an uncommon one. We call it xerostomia.

More About Dry Mouth…

  • It happens when we get older—but it doesn’t have to.
  • It’s a serious, debilitating condition. With dry mouth, tooth decay accelerates.
  • Drugs and medical therapies (including radiation for cancer) can contribute to dry mouth.
  • Other anti-dry mouth responses: sugarless gum, sugarless lozenges, mouth-wetting agents.
  • You can fight it by drinking eight glasses of water daily. That’s a good idea even if you don’t have dry mouth.

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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