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Dry Mouth: Cause and Effect

Healthy Teeth Roswell, GA

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a real oral health condition. It involves more than feeling parched after a long run or day at the beach. You may associate dry mouth with difficulty swallowing or that “cotton mouth” feeling when trying to talk. However, dry mouth can affect more than just your comfort. In fact, a chronic dry mouth can wreak serious havoc on your oral health.

Dry mouth doesn’t always mean you need to drink more water, and staying hydrated may not completely resolve your oral dryness if you have xerostomia. There are many factors that can cause xerostomia, including the following:

  • Hormonal changes or imbalances
  • Antihistamine or allergy medications, prescription and over the counter
  • Chemotherapy or radiation
  • Certain health conditions, like diabetes, Sjögren’s syndrome and lupus
  • Mouth breathing, breathing through the mouth
  • Smoking, alcohol use, excessive caffeine intake
  • Obstructions or blockage in the salivary ducts

Whether your dry mouth is something you can control or not, it can still cause threats within your oral health.

Risks of a Dry Mouth

If you have a dry mouth, you have a lack of saliva production. Believe it or not, we need adequate amounts of spit in our mouths to swallow and speak but also to rinse away food particles and keep our teeth and gums healthy. Decreased saliva, or a dry mouth, can cause the following:

  • Acidic oral environment and more bacteria
  • Weak or decayed teeth
  • Chewing and swallowing challenges and possible digestive issues
  • Bad breath
  • Gum disease or gingivitis

Your saliva essentially acts as a natural cleaning and rinsing mechanism for your mouth after you eat and drink. When the oral cavity gets too dry, your teeth, gums and quality of life may suffer. Fortunately, a dentist can treat your dry mouth.

At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we offer effective remedies for dry mouth. This may be as simple as chewing sugar-free gum and avoiding caffeine or you may be asked to try special mouth rinses that are designed to help trigger saliva production. To learn more about ways to combat xerostomia, please schedule your appointment at our Roswell practice.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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