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When Your Medication Causes Dry Mouth Marietta, GA

When Your Medication Causes Dry Mouth

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A large majority of the American population rely on modern medicine to manage their health. While we value and appreciate the power of prescription medicine for a large number of health conditions, you should never ignore the impact that your daily pill could be having on your mouth. One of the most common yet serious oral side effects of medication is a dry mouth. Unfortunately, dry mouth is more than just uncomfortable. A lack of saliva can contribute to several oral health threats.

The Role of Saliva in The Mouth

Saliva serves more than one purpose in your mouth. Saliva helps you swallow, speak and break down your food for digestion, but it also protects your teeth and gums in the following ways:

  • Prevents food particles from remaining on the surface of the teeth
  • Reduces the amount of oral bacteria
  • Neutralizes acids in the mouth
  • Aids in re-mineralization of enamel

Without enough spit in your mouth, you run the risk of developing several dental health problems associated with dry mouth, such as gum disease, bad breath, cavities, impaired taste and more.

Medications That May Negatively Impact Oral Health

Is your medication causing a dry mouth? Here are some of the top contributors:

  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressant medications
  • Opioids
  • Blood pressure medications

Let us Help Manage Your Oral Health While Taking Medications

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we understand that many of these medications are not optional. However, we may need to take extra measures to protect your smile health while taking prescriptions that cause dry mouth. We offer a number of preventative treatment measures to help you combat dry mouth and avoid disruptive dental issues. Contact our Marietta dental clinic today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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