May 2018 Dental Flossophy

Put Dry Mouth to Bed

Have you ever woken up with a mouth as dry as sandpaper? For some, it’s all too common. And while you (and your mouth) may feel better after a glass of water, there are other things you can do to limit dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, during sleep.

• Put a humidifier in your bedroom. Humidifiers help to increase moisture levels in the air.
• Don’t drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol in the evening before bed—both tend to dry out the mouth.
• Drink water or other sugarless beverages throughout the day to help keep you hydrated into the night.
• If you’re a “mouth breather”, try nasal strips to help open your nasal passageways, allowing you to breathe easier through your nose.

If you’ve given these tips a try and still find you’re dealing with dry mouth that isn’t getting better, ask us to recommend additional products at your next visit.


3 Signs You’ve Got a Cavity

While cavity free is the way to be, sometimes life happens. When you’ve got a cavity, the best thing you can do is visit our practice to have it treated carefully and effectively.

Think you might have a cavity but aren’t sure? Check out these three signs to watch out for.

1. You’ve got a tingling pain in your mouth. Typically, this can be one of the first and earliest symptoms to appear.

2. You’ve got bad breath. As your tooth decays due to a cavity, bacteria moves in and can cause awful breath.

3. You’re sensitive to sweets. When enamel wears away, deeper layers of your teeth are exposed to the foods you eat and the drinks you consume. Sugary foods and beverages tend to cause pain when in contact with a cavity-afflicted tooth.


How to Prevent a Dry Socket

If you’ve ever had a tooth extracted, you know the importance of keeping the cavity clean to avoid infection and other problems during the healing process. When we extract teeth at our practice, the most common complication a patient may experience is called a dry socket.

A dry socket occurs when bone and nerve endings in the area of the extraction are left exposed due to improper healing. You can help avoid a dry socket by:

1. Eating soft foods and chewing carefully. We’ll give you a list of recommendations.

2. Avoiding straws. The ‘suction’ can disturb the healing process.

3. Drinking lots of water and avoiding sugary beverages.

4. Resting. This will help your body heal to the best of its ability.

If you’re in need of a tooth extraction, keep these tips in mind for a healthy and comfortable post-care routine.

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