As the number of people taking daily medications rises, many experience the common side effect of dry mouth, which could affect their overall health, says Beverly Hills dentist Alex Farnoosh.
Beverly Hills, California (January 2012) – According to the latest statistics, 90% of adults older than 65 take at least one prescription medication daily, as do nearly half of all Americans in other age groups. While most prescription medications cause relatively mild side effects, many individuals experience dry mouth or cotton mouth, Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Alex Farnoosh says.
Though it may not seem like an overly worrisome issue, dry mouth can impede a person’s ability to taste, swallow, digest and even talk correctly in severe circumstances.
Beverly Hills periodontist Dr. Farnoosh comments: “On average, the normal adult will produce about one and a half liters of saliva daily. It is important to keep our bodies well regulated to ensure a healthy lifestyle and to avoid future problems. I would advise my patients to be vigilant of any side effects that may occur with special attention to dry mouth problems, because xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to other oral complications, such as rampant cavities.”
Dr. Farnoosh is joining the efforts of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and countless other organizations to raise awareness about medication-related dry mouth.
More than 500 prescription and over-the-counter medications can lead to dry mouth problems. The included many diuretics, decongestants, antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure and pain medications.
While many people may choose to deal with minor to severe dry mouth discomfort for the sake of their daily medicinal needs, there are ways to combat the problem.
“Speak to your doctor about alternative medications available that may not cause this symptom,” Dr. Farnoosh recommends. “If the dry mouth persists, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only is dry mouth irritating, but it can also put your oral health in jeopardy because normal saliva production is essential to cleanse your teeth and gums of bacteria. A buildup of bacteria can lead to more severe dental issues like periodontal disease.”
Find out how Dr. Farnoosh provides excellent gum treatment as part of his patients’ smile makeovers when you schedule an appointment online or call (310) 657-0503 to set up a consultation.