Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older La Mesa adults, however, people of all ages in the San Diego area may experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Sometimes dry mouth in La Mesa dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in San Diego is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in La Mesa) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the San Diego hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for La Mesa dental patients. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur in the absence of saliva for San Diego dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Jeff Gray DDS to schedule an appointment.
When you visit Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Jeff Gray can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa California