DRY MOUTH-PART IIIHow often should I visit my dentist if I havedry mouth?You have a higher risk of tooth decay and gumdisease with dry mouth, and these can get worsemore quickly than usual. So it is important tovisit your dental team regularly. Your dental teamwill tell you how often you should visit.What can I do to help relieve the symptomsof dry mouth?There are different ways of relieving thesymptoms of dry mouth. Some people find thatsipping water, or sucking sugar-free sweets, helpsin the short term. It is very important to use sugar-free products, as dry mouth can make you moresusceptible to tooth decay. Chewing sugar-freegum can also help as it encourages your mouth tomake saliva. Your dental team might recommendproducts such as rinses, gels, pastes and lozengeswhich you can get from the pharmacist.What toothpaste should I use?It is important to use a fluoride toothpastecontaining at least 1,350 to 1,500ppm (partsper million) of fluoride. A 'total care' toothpastemay be best as these contain antibacterial agentsand other ingredients to control the build-up ofplaque.What can my dental team do to help preventthe problems caused by dry mouth?Your dental team won't be able to help with thecause of dry mouth. But by helping you keepyour mouth clean and by using fluoride they can,in many cases, help to delay the start of toothdecay. Your dental team will be able to give youadvice about your diet and tell you how to carefor your teeth and gums properly.Presented as a service to the community byDr. Barbara Webster1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515630-663-0554SM-CL1756684 DRY MOUTH-PART III How often should I visit my dentist if I have dry mouth? You have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease with dry mouth, and these can get worse more quickly than usual. So it is important to visit your dental team regularly. Your dental team will tell you how often you should visit. What can I do to help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth? There are different ways of relieving the symptoms of dry mouth. Some people find that sipping water, or sucking sugar-free sweets, helps in the short term. It is very important to use sugar- free products, as dry mouth can make you more susceptible to tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help as it encourages your mouth to make saliva. Your dental team might recommend products such as rinses, gels, pastes and lozenges which you can get from the pharmacist. What toothpaste should I use? It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1,350 to 1,500ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. A 'total care' toothpaste may be best as these contain antibacterial agents and other ingredients to control the build-up of plaque. What can my dental team do to help prevent the problems caused by dry mouth? Your dental team won't be able to help with the cause of dry mouth. But by helping you keep your mouth clean and by using fluoride they can, in many cases, help to delay the start of tooth decay. Your dental team will be able to give you advice about your diet and tell you how to care for your teeth and gums properly. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL1756684

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DRY MOUTH-PART III How often should I visit my dentist if I have dry mouth? You have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease with dry mouth, and these can get worse more quickly than usual. So it is important to visit your dental team regularly. Your dental team will tell you how often you should visit. What can I do to help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth? There are different ways of relieving the symptoms of dry mouth. Some people find that sipping water, or sucking sugar-free sweets, helps in the short term. It is very important to use sugar- free products, as dry mouth can make you more susceptible to tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help as it encourages your mouth to make saliva. Your dental team might recommend products such as rinses, gels, pastes and lozenges which you can get from the pharmacist. What toothpaste should I use? It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1,350 to 1,500ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. A 'total care' toothpaste may be best as these contain antibacterial agents and other ingredients to control the build-up of plaque. What can my dental team do to help prevent the problems caused by dry mouth? Your dental team won't be able to help with the cause of dry mouth. But by helping you keep your mouth clean and by using fluoride they can, in many cases, help to delay the start of tooth decay. Your dental team will be able to give you advice about your diet and tell you how to care for your teeth and gums properly. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL1756684 DRY MOUTH-PART III How often should I visit my dentist if I have dry mouth? You have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease with dry mouth, and these can get worse more quickly than usual. So it is important to visit your dental team regularly. Your dental team will tell you how often you should visit. What can I do to help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth? There are different ways of relieving the symptoms of dry mouth. Some people find that sipping water, or sucking sugar-free sweets, helps in the short term. It is very important to use sugar- free products, as dry mouth can make you more susceptible to tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help as it encourages your mouth to make saliva. Your dental team might recommend products such as rinses, gels, pastes and lozenges which you can get from the pharmacist. What toothpaste should I use? It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1,350 to 1,500ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. A 'total care' toothpaste may be best as these contain antibacterial agents and other ingredients to control the build-up of plaque. What can my dental team do to help prevent the problems caused by dry mouth? Your dental team won't be able to help with the cause of dry mouth. But by helping you keep your mouth clean and by using fluoride they can, in many cases, help to delay the start of tooth decay. Your dental team will be able to give you advice about your diet and tell you how to care for your teeth and gums properly. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL1756684

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