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Eastpointe, MI 48021
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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021

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 Call Dr. Jost at 313-802-1460 if you are an established patient with an emergency. Thank you.

Dr. Jost has been my family's dentist for the past 25 years. His professionalism and care have been outstanding! I have sent many friends and family to him, and no one has been disappointed. He is gentle, kind, considerate and delivers excellent dental care. -  Bonnie
Clinton Twp, M

Most people say they HAVE to go to the dentist. My husband and I both LIKE to go! After 30 some years, we consider Dr. Jost and his staff part of our family. Whenever we have an "emergency," Dr. Jost makes time for us. To anyone looking for a dentist - give Dr. Jost a try. You won't be disappointed, and your smile will thank you.  Go Red Wings!
 

- Jeff & Debbie, Centerline, MI

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
September 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dry mouth  

A dry mouth not only feels unpleasant but can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Simply drinking more fluids can't remedy dry mouth, so addressing the issue seeking proper care is imperative.

At the family dentistry office of Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe and Saint Claire Shores, MI, we can help alleviate your dry mouth so you feel comfortable and maintain your oral health.

What is dry mouth?

The dry mouth develops when your mouth fails to produce the amount of saliva needed to properly lubricate the mouth and throat.

What can cause dry mouth?

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Breathing out of your mouth during sleep
  • Frequent alcohol consumption
  • Medications
  • Air pollution
  • Undergoing radiation treatment

How does dry mouth harm my oral health?

Lack of saliva can lead to throat soreness and irritation, bad breath, and trouble swallowing. A dry mouth can also cause problems for your teeth and gums. Without enough lubrication in your mouth, your teeth can become more susceptible to decay and leave you susceptible to developing sores on the tongue or gums. If you find yourself consuming more sugary beverages to keep your mouth from being too dry, you further increase your risk of cavities.

How is dry mouth treated?

The staff at our family dentistry office in Eastpointe and Saint Claire Shores, MI, will begin by evaluating the cause of your dry mouth. If the cause is prescription medications, you may need to consult with your physician about an alternative or supplemental medicine.

Non-medication-related dry mouth can be alleviated with proper oral hygiene, including brushing and using a non-alcohol-based mouth rinse, staying hydrated, and consuming lubricating foods like sugar-free popsicles, gum, or lozenges. At night, use a humidifier, and avoid salty foods, alcohol, tobacco, and too much caffeine.

Call the family dentistry office of Dr. Jost in Eastpointe and Saint Claire Shores, MI, at 586-771-1460 if you are experiencing dry mouth.

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Peter Jost, DDS, PC

Dr. Jost is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received first- rate training in all aspects of general dentistry.  In 1983

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