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Dentist offers tips for combating dry mouth
Updated: 1/18/2012 6:59:57 PM

Dentist offers tips for combating dry mouth  

As people get older, they may find themselves taking more medications. One of the most common side effects of many of these drugs is dry mouth. While this may seem like a minor problem, it can cause serious dental health issues. Recently, Florida Today ran an article by Lee Sheldon, D.D.S., explaining this problem and what people can do about it.

According to the dentist, saliva protects teeth from bacterial attacks. The Mayo Clinic states that saliva helps wash away food and plaque bits that are left on the teeth, and help prevent tooth decay.

What should people do when their medications are leaving their mouths dry? Sheldon says they should ask their doctor if there are any alternative drugs they can take, and keep a bottle of water with them at all times.

"I have my patients rinse with baking soda for up to four times a day. Make a solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of water. Rinse for one minute and spit out. The 8 ounces of water should last the full day," said Sheldon, quoted by the news source.

Finally, the dentist said that people with dry mouth should see their dentist more often, since the professional can help prevent tooth decay. 

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