Discovering dry mouth dental care for seniors in Central, Hong Kong
Proper dental care is important for patients of all ages, seniors are no different. As we age, our oral and overall health care needs gain additional attention. Issues such as gum disease, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes contribute to poor oral health and vice versa. Conveniently located in Central, Hong Kong, our inclusive dental practice offers services for patients of all ages. Our senior services include dentures and treatment for dry mouth syndrome.
Dry mouth symptoms and causes
Dry mouth is a result of a lack of saliva in the mouth. It is caused by medications taken for other medical issuesthat often become more prevalent with age. Taking more than one of the offending medications increases the risk of dry mouth. Known causes of dry mouth include prescription and over-the-counter medications such as those for pain, blood pressure, allergies, and depression. Chemotherapy, radiation, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease are common causes of dry mouth too.
Common symptoms and problems associated with dry mouth syndrome include:
- Sticky, dry mouth and/or throat
- Frequent thirst
- Hoarse voice or difficulty speaking
- Cracked lips
- Sores in or around the mouth
Saliva is necessary for good oral health.
Saliva acts as a lubricant for the mouth. It is necessary to wash away food particles and to neutralize acids in the mouth. Without adequate saliva bacteria and plaque build up and can lead to excessive decay. The tooth, tooth root, and gums can be affected. Left untreated, tooth loss is possible.
Patients, especially seniors, suffering from dry mouth benefit from additional dental cleanings and exams to track progress and to maintain oral health. Following good health practices at home and drinking plenty of fluids are important for combatting dry mouth. Sugar-free gum or candy help create more saliva soothing your mouth and making it easier to swallow.
We strive to ensure patient health and comfort with our dental services. To make an appointment with our empathetic dentist, call 852 2810 1801 today.
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