From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. We are pleased to announce the Full Re-Opening of our practice! As we begin to return to our normal lives, our practice is now open for all dental procedures, not just emergent ones. Throughout this crisis, we have remained open to care for all emergency patients and we look forward to resuming all aspects of dental care. Lack of oral health has been directly linked to more serious health issues and cannot be overlooked. It is important to resume dental cleanings and to address any dental issues that have been put off during this crisis. Our staff is fully prepared to continue to protect our Patients from not only Covid-19 but from all viral exposure as the Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years far exceed industry standards. To all our patients that had appointments cancelled due to this health crisis, we will be contacting you to reschedule those appointments. As always you can reach us at 718-876-9100 to schedule an appointment on your own or with any questions you may have. As always, our office and lab continue to welcome all new patients and emergencies if your current dental office is not available We look forward to seeing each of you again soon! All the best, Dr. Mormino, Lauren, Lisa, Anne Marie, Mary, Gladys, Annie & MaryEllen
Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

Dry Mouth Can Lead to Serious Dental Problems and Damage

By drmori on July 28, 2016

A tooth in an isolated glass domeNo matter where you are in Staten Island, you can count on us to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile. We offer patients advanced restorative dentistry treatment to improve dental wellness and the latest in cosmetic procedures to help smile look their very best.

Even still, some patients take seemingly minor dental problems for granted. Dry mouth is one example. As you're about to learn, there are many dangers to dry mouth that you might not have anticipated.

About Dry Mouth

Dry mouth refers to cases in which a person experiences a reduced amount of saliva production. This leaves the mouth with far less moisture than is ideal, sometimes to a significant degree. This can occur naturally as a result of nervousness or dehydration, or as a side effect of certain prescription medications or drugs, or it could be linked to a number of dental health and general wellness issues.

Minor Issues Associated with Dry Mouth

Think of these as inconveniences rather than dangers. When it comes to minor problems with dry mouth, patients will often experience difficulties with speaking and chewing. It can make eating certain foods quite difficult, and make communication a hassle.

Increased Risk of Dental Damage and Tooth Decay

When suffering from dry mouth, your saliva is unable to aid in the remineralization process, which leaves your teeth far more vulnerable to cavities and injury. Issues such as tooth decay and dental erosion may be exacerbated because of the lack of saliva. Teeth are made more brittle, and may be more prone to breaking or chipping.

Increased Risk of Gum Disease

In addition to issues with tooth decay, dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease, or it can increase the damage done by gum disease. When the soft tissues are damaged, that means gum recession, exposed tooth roots, and a host of potentially serious problems that can affect periodontal health and overall dental health.

Potential Sign of Oral Cancer and Other Conditions

Dry mouth is often a symptom of a number of health conditions, some of which may be quite serious. Chief among these dangers is oral cancer. The cancer may cause some growths that would block the salivary glands or impair saliva production. It's imperative that you meet with your dentist or general practitioner if you notice recurring or persistent dry mouth as well as issues with pain or soreness. Early detection of a medical condition is key to ensuring effective treatment when it matters most.

Getting Professional Treatment for Your Dry Mouth

Dry mouth will sometimes require treatment by a dental health professional. During the consultation and examination process, your dental wellness can be fully assessed, and the root cause of your dry mouth can be diagnosed.

For minor issues with dry mouth, patients may be prescribed or recommended various kinds of artificial saliva items. These goods will increase the moisture in one's mouth. They often come in lozenge, spray, or gel form and should be used as directed.

If there is a more serious medical issue involved in your case of dry mouth, that can be dealt with directly, either by your dentist or by a doctor. Treatments with regard these matters can vary, ranging from medication and non-invasive therapies to surgical procedures.

Learn More About Treating Dry Mouth

If you would like more information about dry mouth and how it can be treated and prevented, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We will help ensure that you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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