At the Cain Dentures Center, our top priority remains a patient’s comfort and satisfaction. We appreciate that you have a number of choices when it comes to your denture care, that’s why we never stop demonstrating our commitment to you. As a licensed denturist, Robert Cain understands that ever patient has his or her own unique needs, and that every set of dentures presents its own unique challenges. Mr. Cain and his friendly staff take this philosophy to heart when attending to a patient’s denture needs.
Occasionally, dentures need to be refitted so they fit snuggly into position in a patient’s mouth. Mr. Cain wants to impress upon his patients the necessity of ensuring their dentures fit securely, as ill-fitting dentures can cause a number of oral health concerns, including dry mouth and problems chewing and speaking. While dry mouth might not seem like a big deal, patients who suffer from the condition can begin to experience further complications with their oral health.
Symptoms of Dry Mouth
While patients may experience dry mouth differently, the symptoms of the condition generally include:
• A dry, sticky feeling in the mouth
• Frequent thirst
• Developing sores either in or around the corners of the mouth; cracked lips
• Persistent dry throat
• A tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, especially on the tongue
• A tongue that appears red, dry, or raw
• Difficulty speaking, chewing, or tasting
• Sore throat, dry nasal passages, or hoarseness
Why Dry Mouth is a Problem
In addition to the discomfort causing symptoms listed above, individuals who suffer from dry mouth have a higher risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth infections such as thrush or black hairy tongue. Dry mouth can also make it more difficult for you to wear and enjoy your dentures.
Saliva plays an important role in maintaining your overall oral health. In addition to helping your chew and swallow, saliva also helps to neutralize harmful plaque acids that can damage your teeth’s enamel and cause gum disease. Saliva can also help prevent the buildup of yeast in the mouth that leads to infections such as thrush.
How to Treat Dry Mouth
Once you have visited the Cain Dentures Center to have your dentures readjusted, you should begin to see improvement with your dry mouth. Until your mouth begins producing saliva at a normal rate again, try taking some of the following steps to help improve your saliva flow:
• Chew on sugar-free gum or suck on a piece of sugar-free candy. Chewing gum and sucking on candy help to generate saliva flow.
• To keep your mouth moist, make sure you drink plenty of water.
• Whenever possible, try to remember to breathe through your nose and not your mouth
• To increase the amount of moisture in your bedroom, try running a vaporizer at night
• You can even try using an over-the-counter saliva substitute if your dry mouth remains a persistent problem
We’re happy to answer any question you might have about the affect of dentures on your oral health. Contact us now!