Oral Health in Pearland: Persistent Dry Mouth Causing Trouble?

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Many residents in our Pearland community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious issue. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to problems with oral health in Pearland.

Saliva to the Rescue

Your saliva plays a vital role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down, so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to complete this task your body may not be getting vital nutrients needed to maintain oral health in Pearland.

Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Pearland residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps to counteract those acids in our mouths.

Causes of Dry Mouth

At Montz and Maher Dental Group we recommend that our patients cut back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea to improve their oral health in Pearland. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. We also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated. Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call your dentist today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older.

Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2443 S Galveston Ave
Pearland, Texas
77581

 


Fluoride For All! Dental Health in Pearland

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You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” David C. Montz DDS in Pearland reminds you that fluoride is good for  dental health at all ages.

Fluoride is a critical mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water, and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. It makes teeth stronger and more resistant to the detrimental acid that is formed by bacteria. We may recommend a fluoride treatment during your regularly schedule dental cleaning.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. It is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are an easy and painless way to strengthen your teeth and keep an attractive smile.

While many of our patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments for children, some do not realize its importance for adults. Yet fluoride treatments are sometimes recommended for adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or cavities.

We urge you to see us at David C. Montz DDS in Pearland every six months for a complete dental checkup and cleaning. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, and dental implants. Call for an appointment today.

Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2443 S Galveston Ave
Pearland, Texas
77581

 


Test Your Knowledge: Gum Disease in Pearland

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One of every ten Americans is likely to get gum disease by the age of sixty-four. That’s why David C. Montz DDS in Pearland stresses the importance of regular flossing and brushing. We invite you to take our short quiz, to see how much you know about this preventable condition.

1. Which of the things listed below are risk factors for gum disease?

a. Pregnancy
b. Underbite
c. Diabetes
d. Genetic make-up

2. Which of the things listed below are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bleeding gums
d. Sore gums

3. Which of the things listed below are possible health issues linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 10%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Gum grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

Fortunately, gum disease usually responds well to treatment, especially if caught early. If you haven’t visited David C. Montz DDS in Pearland in a while, or have been noticing problems with your gums or teeth, please schedule an appointment right away. We’ll check your gum health with our advanced Oral DNA testing. If necessary, we provide gum disease treatment. We also offer general dentistry.

Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2443 S Galveston Ave
Pearland, Texas
77581