If you lived during the Middle Ages and were unfortunate enough to experience the agony of an aching tooth, it was thought that a little worm was the cause. There were no dental restorations, so the only cure was an extraction. The practice of dentistry was primitive and the village dentist was also the barber. There were no anesthetics and no specialized instruments.
Treatment Often, xerostomia is treated by addressing the underlying causes. Treatment for dry mouth depends on several factors such as whether the patient has an underlying condition or disease, or is taking certain medications that may be causing dry mouth.
If an underlying cause is found, steps need to be taken to minimize its effect. If the dry mouth is thought to be caused by a particular medication, the doctor will either alter the dosage or prescribe another drug which is less likely to cause dry mouth.
Medication may be prescribed to stimulate the production of saliva, such as pilocarpine Salagen or cevimeline Evoxac. Experts say that symptomatic treatment for dry mouth typically includes four areas: This includes plaque removal and treatment of gingival infections, inflammation, and dental caries.
Brushing teeth and flossing regularly is important. Blood tests and imaging scans of the salivary glands may also be ordered. This is a simple procedure that measures the flow rate of saliva. Collection devices are placed over duct orifices of the saliva glands, and saliva production is stimulated with citric acid.
This is a radiographic examination of the salivary glands and ducts. It may be useful in identifying salivary gland stones and masses.
A small sample of salivary gland tissue is taken. If malignancy cancer is suspected, the doctor may also order a biopsy. Many doctors report that often, even though the patient complains of severe dry mouth, the oral mucosa appears to be moist.
Less frequently, it may be the other way round - the oral mucosa appears dry, but the individual does not complain of dry mouth symptoms. Xerostomia can have a number of effects on general health and well-being. Dry mouth is sometimes referred to as xerostomia. Experts say that xerostomia is usually caused by inadequate function of the salivary glands.
An individual with xerostomia typically finds it harder to enjoy food. Xerostomia is a common problem. It is a frequent side effect of medication, which may improve with a new prescription or an adjustment of dosage. We all get a dry mouth sometimes - when we are upset, under stressor extremely frightened.
Some patients may think dry mouth is a normal part of aging, but it is not.
It is, however, more commonly found in older adults. Experts say the main reason is that elderly people take more medications compared with the rest of the population, and some of these medications cause xerostomia.
A systemic disease is one that affects the entire body. Dry mouth is not a disease but a symptom of other conditions.Abstract Pits and fissure are still the most liable areas to suffer tooth decay.
Unlike caries lesions in smooth areas, the development of caries in oclussal surfaces is less susceptible to fluoride action. Dental caries as pointed out above is a dental disease that affects all age groups although it is more prevalent among the adolescents and young children.
It is one of the major oral health problems. Dental caries is a public health issue because of its impact on individuals and the communities.
The only unmistakable trend is the one showing dental fluorosis increasing with fluoride concentration, which was expressly what Dean went west to determine.
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Dental caries is a disease which infects the hard tissues (enamel, dentin, and cementum) of the teeth, it can also be known as cavity or tooth decay.
This disease leads to holes that destroy the structure of the teeth that are also known as cavities. Dental caries is the most common oral disease worldwide.
Caries is primarily caused by bacteria that colonize the mouth and breaks down sugars to produce an acid that de-mineralizes the surface of.