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What can I do about dry mouth?

dry mouth | Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalDry Mouth Affects Many People

Having a dry mouth can lead to bad breath, periodontal disease, and an increased incidence of tooth decay. Periodontal disease not only puts your teeth at risk, but also your overall health and increases your risk of systemic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Bleeding gums, recession, and soreness are all symptoms of periodontal disease.

Dry mouth is a common problem for many individuals, especially those who are older or take daily medications. Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy also cause dry mouth. 

There Are Products for Your Dry Mouth

There are several products on the market designed especially for individuals with dry mouth. Rinses and certain types of chewing gum can help you create more saliva. More frequent dental cleanings and antibiotic rinses can help reduce bacterial growth and infection.

Home strategies can be helpful. If you smoke, you are at a higher risk for dry mouth. Staying hydrated with ample amounts of water is also important, especially in dry, sunny climates, like Albuquerque, where it is easier to become dehydrated.

Contact Us

If you suffer from dry mouth, talk to Dr. Essenmacher and she will be happy to discuss options with you that can help you maintain your oral health.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher