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ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: DENTAL

Dry Mouth

 

Causes of Dry Mouth

A number of conditions and drugs tend to cause chronic dry mouth. They include:

  • Tthe normal aging process
  • Sjorgren's syndrome
  • Prescription and non prescription drugs such as antihistamines and decongestants, psychiatric drugs including Lithium and thorazine and sleeping pills.

 

Plaque

Plaque is composed of a range of species of bacteria dependent on the exact chemical and physical composition of the saliva in the mouth. Dry mouth causes a drastic change in the composition of the plaque reducing the populations of some species and increasing the populations of others. This change in composition tends to cause an overgrowth of organisms which produce acidic waste products that lead to tooth decay.

 

Dry Mouth Syndrome

To overcome dry mouth, many people resort to sipping sweet drinks and sucking on hard candy all day. The combination of dry mouth and excessive sugar causing rampant decay is called "dry mouth syndrome"

A simple remedy to dry mouth syndrome is hard candy and chewing gum containing sugar substitute xylitol ; which can actually inhibit tooth decay.

In spite of recent controversy, other artificial sweetners, whilst they do not prevent tooth decay, do not contribute to it.

 

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