Dr. Georgia Knotek DDSGentle Dental Careentle Pental Carepresented by Georgia Knotek, DDSwww.georgiaknotekdds.comZEROING IN ON XEROSTOMIAIt is important to properly diag- xerostomia, a prescription-strengthnose the cause of "xerostomia" (dry fluoride gel may be needed to protectmouth) in order to treat it properly. teeth.While many older adults incorrectilyIf you think your dry mouth isassume that xerostomia is a naturalpart of aging, it is more likely to be caused by certain medications you'rea side effect of the 400 or so med- taking, talk to your doctor. He or sheications that can affect the salivary may adjust the dose you're taking orglands, including antihistamines, de- switch you to a different medicationcongestants, antidepressants, diuretics that doesn't cause dry mouth. A tripand other hypertension medications, to the dentist may be one of your mostdrugs used to treat Parkinson's dis- important appointments! Our practiceease, chemotherapy drugs, and med- stresses preventive dentistry by teach-ication used to treat dementia. Addi- ing patients good oral hygiene habitstionally, dry mouth may be caused by To schedule an appointment, pleaseradiation to the head and neck; nerve call 317-462-5181. We are locateddamage affecting the salivary glands; at 1852 Fields Boulevard, Suite Band conditions such as the autoim- Please feel free to ask if your insur-mune disorder Sjögren's syndrome, ance is in-network with our office.diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. For chronicP.S. If left untreated, xerostomia can lead to speech and eating difficulties,halitosis (bad breath), an increase in the number of dental cavities (salivahelps prevent tooth decay), and infections in the mouth (such as thrush)

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