If you’ve ever been thirsty, then you can relate to what a person with dry mouth feels like. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a condition that occurs when your salivary glands produce inadequate amounts of saliva to lubricate and moisten your oral tissue. There are as many treatments for xerostomia as there are causes, so treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis. To help you understand the condition of dry mouth a little better, Dr. Angela Ganjoor lists some of its most common causes.
Common Xerostomia Causes
- Dehydration—Because dry mouth is essentially a lack of moisture, the most obvious cause of dry mouth symptoms should be dehydration. Conditions that cause dehydration, such as fever, diarrhea, excessive sweating, vomiting, and blood loss, can all be causes of dry mouth, as well.
- Symptom of disease/infection—A chronic dry mouth can also indicate that your body is battling a disease, or may be a direct result of the disease or infection. Some health issues that are linked to xerostomia include Sjogren’s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and Parkinson’s disease, among many others.
- Side effect of medications—Sometimes, the medication that is prescribed to fight an infection or disease can also list xerostomia as a side effect. If you are currently on medication, be sure to inform Dr. Ganjoor to help her better determine the cause of your xerostomia. Dry-mouth inducing medications include those prescribed for depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, colds, obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension, diarrhea, nausea, and asthma. Dry mouth can also result if you take muscle relaxants and sedatives.
- Lifestyle—Perhaps you can help treat your dry mouth condition simply by changing a few lifestyle choices. For instance, smoking or chewing tobacco can inhibit saliva production and facilitate dry mouth. So can constantly breathing with your mouth open. (more…)
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects more than half of the adults in the United States of America. It is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and has been associated with an increased risk for potentially-fatal systemic disorders, including stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Although gum disease is treatable, it is hard to detect and nearly impossible to treat without professional dental care. In Australia, researchers are exploring the possibility that fish oil may prove beneficial as an adjunct therapy option for gum disease. Prosper dentist Dr. Angela Ganjoor discusses this hypothesis.
A Safe and Natural Treatment Option
Fish oil has long been recommended by physicians for health benefits beyond teeth and gums. Aside from boosting heart health, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are also beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and more. A major benefit of fish oil is that there is no danger in consuming large amounts of it. Extremely high levels of fish oil may lead to delayed clotting times and potential gastric upset. If you are currently on medication therapy, especially blood-thinning medications, then you should consult with your physician. (more…)
Did you know that for the first time in over 40 years, incidence of childhood tooth decay has increased? The U.S Center for Disease Control recently published a report on the rise in tooth decay and attributes this trend to lack of oral healthcare, poor dietary choices, and inadequate oral hygiene. Severe tooth decay may produce discomfort and pain in children. Additionally, cavities can also impact a child’s ability to speak and eat. To help reduce the rate of childhood tooth decay, Dr. Angela Ganjoor and our team at Celina Family Dentistry offers preventive dental services that help reduce your child’s risk for developing cavities.
Dental Sealants in Celina
Cavities commonly form along children’s molars because they have deep pits where food and bacteria collect. Additionally, children also have trouble keeping their molars clean because they are located at the back of the mouth. After a thorough dental cleaning and checkup, Dr. Ganjoor may apply a dental sealant to your child’s molars that will seal the pits and grooves with a liquid plastic resin that is hardened by a special curing light. (more…)
Braces are a time-honored and effective means of correcting a misaligned bite (malocclusion). Although some people have misgivings about the unsightly brackets that decorate the front of your teeth, the effectiveness of braces have kept them the preferred solution in most cases of malocclusion. Today, Dr. Angela Ganjoor introduces Fastbraces, an innovation in the technology of braces.
Faster, Safer Braces
Fastbraces use a new technology and method to revolutionize the way braces straighten your teeth. Traditional braces, which utilized square brackets, completed the realignment process in two steps. First, the crowns of the teeth were moved during the first year. Then, the roots were moved during the second year, meaning in the past, braces required at least two years of treatment time.
Fastbraces technology works on a different principle. Triangular brackets move the entire tooth, both crown and root, at the same time, reducing treatment time to half. In some cases, Fastbraces can achieve desired results in as little as a few months. Research reported in the American Journal of Orthodontics suggests that the longer you wear braces, the more root resorption (tooth root shortening) occurs. Fastbraces reduces this condition by shortening the treatment. (more…)
Blemishes on your teeth can greatly diminish the radiance of your smile. The most common tooth blemishes are stains, which have made teeth whitening a burgeoning industry. At Celina Family Dentistry, we offer a number of solutions for your teeth whitening needs, but your best treatment option depends on the type and severity of the tooth stains you wish to correct. Some stains soak into the outer surface of a tooth (extrinsic), while others originate from within the tooth structure (intrinsic) and are more difficult to correct. To help you determine the best treatment option, Dr. Angela Ganjoor offers an explanation on the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
Intrinsic Tooth Stains
Tooth development begins in an infant during the second trimester of pregnancy and lasts until about the age of 18. During this time, children may intake too much fluoride (i.e. through fluoridated tap water, fluoride toothpastes, etc.) which can lead to mottled enamel with chalky white, and sometimes brown, stains. Bleaching can lessen the contrast between mottled and healthy enamel, but if surface defects, or “pits,” are present, you may need porcelain veneers or dental bonding to whiten your smile. Certain medications can cause intrinsic tooth staining, as well. The most notorious culprits are tetracycline and its derivative, monocycline. If taken during tooth formation, these antibiotics can cause bluish-gray stains on the portion of tooth that is forming at the time. Other causes for intrinsic tooth stains include heredity, aging, porcelain over metal crowns, and amalgam dental fillings, which can give your tooth a grayish appearance even if the metal filling is not visible. (more…)
Our Celina cosmetic dentist encourages you to discover how much you know about cosmetic dentistry by answering the following true or false questions about veneers. You can check your answers by clicking “Read More” below.
Dental Veneers Quiz
Q1. True or False: Porcelain veneers can last for decades with proper dental care.
Q2. True or False: Dental veneers are often called instant orthodontics.
Q3. True or False: Veneers cover an entire tooth.
Q4.True or False: Permanently stained teeth cannot benefit from porcelain veneers.
Q5. True or False: Porcelain veneers can make unusually small teeth appear larger. (more…)
You know that you have to brush your teeth every day to keep your smile healthy. However, your toothbrush needs to be in good shape to clean your teeth. As your toothbrush ages, it is less effective at cleaning your mouth. In this blog, Dr. Ganjoor explains proper care to get the most out of your toothbrush.
When to Replace a Toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months (or sooner if the bristles wear out). When your bristles fray, they are no longer strong enough to thoroughly remove plaque from surfaces of your teeth. Furthermore, worn bristles become rough and irritate your teeth and gums. Irritated gums can recede from the teeth, increasing your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Replacing your brush every three months will reduce the potential of bacterial buildup contaminating your mouth. You should also replace your brush following a cold, virus, or oral infection to avoid becoming re-infected. (more…)
If you’re missing teeth, it’s important to fill in the empty spots in your smile. Missing teeth can make it difficult to bite, chew, or speak naturally. In addition, surrounding teeth may drift into the open space and misalign your smile. Fortunately, Dr. Ganjoor offers sturdy, comfortable dental implants to restore your appearance, confidence, and function.
What are Implants?
An implant is planted into your jaw bone to replace the root of your missing tooth. A biocompatible titanium rod will hold an artificial tooth. Implants are ideal to replace single missing teeth. These prosthetics are non-removable, natural-looking, and strong to withstand normal wear and tear.
At Celina Family Dentistry, we love forming relationships with our patients to provide a comfortable dental experience. Our team acknowledges each of our patients and provides the customized dental care you need. May is Employee Health and Fitness Month, so let’s take a moment to meet your Celina dental team and honor their dedication to keeping your smile healthy.
Your Celina Dentist
Dr. Angela Ganjoor graduated with honors from Baylor College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program. She decided to follow her dreams and went on to receive her dental degree and two scholastic honors awards from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Ganjoor offers preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to help patients feel confident about their smiles. She stays active in the community and holds membership in the Celina and Prosper Chambers of Commerce. Outside the office, Dr. Ganjoor enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her friends, husband, son, and two dogs.