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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
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Understanding Dry Mouth
The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia (“xero” – dry; “stomia” – mouth), something that many of us have experienced at some point in life...

Your Cure for Bad Breath
...Dry mouth, sinus problems, diet and poor oral hygiene can also cause bad breath...

Seeking Relief From Burning Mouth Syndrome
... In the meantime, here are some ways you might be able to get some relief: Give up habits that can cause dry mouth such as chronic smoking, alcohol and/or coffee drinking, and frequent eating of hot and spicy foods...

Know the Causes and Treatments for Chronic Dry Mouth
...Some instances of dry mouth are quite normal — when you first wake in the morning after reduced saliva flow during sleep, when you're stressed, or when you're dehydrated and need fluids...

Preventing Dental Disease Starts with Assessing Your Unique Risk
...The primary factors can be represented by the acronym BAD: Bad bacteria, particular strains that produce acid, which at high levels erode enamel and expose the teeth to infection; Absence of saliva, or “dry mouth,” an insufficient flow of saliva that can’t effectively neutralize acid and restore mineral content to enamel; and Dietary habits too heavy in sugar or acid, which can result in bacterial growth and enamel erosion...

5 Tips to Keeping a Healthy Mouth During Your College Years
...Consuming too much alcohol can do more than leave you momentarily impaired — it can cause dry mouth, which contributes to tooth decay and increases your risk of oral cancer...

Chewing Tobacco is Just as Addictive and Dangerous as Smoking
...And although not life-threatening, it can also give you bad breath, dry mouth and an assortment of dental problems that incur financial and social costs...

Patients with HIV Must Pay Close Attention to Their Oral Health
...Patients also have higher risks for dry mouth, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease...

Treating "Burning Mouth" Depends on What's Triggering it
...If, for example, we've determined your BMS stems from dry mouth as a side effect to medication, we can ask your doctor to prescribe an alternative, increase your water intake when taking pills or stimulate saliva flow...

Get Control of Dry Mouth to Protect Your Dental Health
...And for many people, inadequate saliva — dry mouth — is a chronic problem...

Be Alert to the Unintended Consequences of Cancer Treatment to Oral Health
...The resulting “dry mouth” creates an environment conducive to bacterial growth and elevated acid levels...

Encourage Your College-Bound Child to Practice Good Oral Health Habits
...A dry mouth caused by these habits, could put their mouth at higher risk for disease...

Risk Factors for Gum Disease
...This may be influenced by other diseases, medications that cause dry mouth, or other causes of plaque buildup...

Bad Breath in Children
...Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can cause a dry mouth...

Watch Out for These Dental Health Issues as You Age
...Because saliva fights dental infections and helps restore enamel after acid attacks, “dry mouth” can increase your disease risk...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
...Dry mouth or xerostomia may also cause bad breath due to decreased salivary flow...