Do you Suffer from Dry Mouth?

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Do you suffer from dry mouth?

Do you ever feel like your mouth and the Sahara Desert have something in common?

If so, you are not alone. Over 25 million Americans suffer from dry mouth. And it’s not just the discomfort of dry mouth (called “xerostomia” by dentists) that is the problem; it is often accompanied by trouble chewing and swallowing, difficulty in speaking, a rise in dental cavities and gum disease, and most noticeably to some, bad breath.

So why do so many of us have what is referred to as “cottonmouth?”

According to The Food and Drug Administration, over 400 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can lead to dry mouth. It’s also caused by mouth breathing, dehydration (drink your water!), and lack of salivary flow due to aging. In rare instances, dry mouth may be caused by an underlying serious disease – so it is not something to take lightly.

Of course our good old friends (actually enemies) – excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are among the leading causes of dry mouth, so if you need another reason to put away the cigarettes for good and cut down on the booze, now is a great time!

There are several things you can do to help reduce the symptoms of dry mouth, including:

  •  Chewing a sugar free gum containing Xylitol
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth.
  • Frequent brushing and rinsing with a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse.
  • Using a room vaporizer /humidify in your home.
  • Using an over -the -counter saliva substitute.

Since dry mouth can also be a sign of a serious illness AND cause and increase cavities and gum disease, excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits are a must.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us at 313-945-8900 for an appointment.

Your health is important to us and we’re here to help.

Your partners for better dental health,

Oakwood Family Dentists

Drs. Goldstein, Jaffe & Aboona

www.oakwoodfamilydentists.com

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Is There A Killer Hiding Under Your Nose?

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Did you know that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month?  

Sadly,  Oral Cancer KILLS One American Every Hour of Every Day!!

Close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Oral cancer (cancer of the head, neck & mouth) can go completely undetected and kills. Early development of oral cancer doesn’t always produce physical symptoms that you would be aware of. However, if detected early enough survival rate increases 80-90%. We urge you to visit your dentist for your oral cancer screening!

In years past, oral cancer was a disease most often associated with older ones who were long time tobacco users.  Not anymore! A serious change has taken place, a common sexually transmitted virus has replaced tobacco as the number one cause, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in persons ages 25-50.

Additional risk factors include high alcohol consumption, the use of conventional smokeless (chewing/spit) tobacco, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun (for lip cancers).

Symptoms Include:

Persistent mouth sore

Difficulty swallowing & chewing

White or Red Patches in the Mouth or Lips

A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth

Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice

Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck.

Non tender lump in neck

Earache

Feeling that something is caught in your throat

Loose Teeth

Loose Dentures

Bleeding from the mouth

Unexplained Weight Loss

The good news is, Oral Cancer is easier than ever to detect. The screening is quick and painless.

Knowing all the risk factors and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent this deadly disease.

Oakwood Family Dentists are pleased to offer FREE (No-Obligation) Oral Cancer Screenings by appointment  now thru April 30, 2013

-Call us today to schedule your complimentary Oral Cancer Screening at

313-945-8900.

You do not have to be a patient of record to take advantage of this free, no obligation offer.

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Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have about your dental health. 313-945-8900

Your partners for better dental health,

Oakwood Family Dentists –

Drs.Goldstein, Jaffe & Aboona