7 Tips For Treating Dry Mouth

In July I wrote a blog about 15 drugs that can cause dry mouth (Xerostomia).There are actually hundreds of medications that can cause dry mouth, a particularly nasty problem that can cause rampant tooth decay, oral infections, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and otherwise make people miserable. Xerostomia can also be especially difficult to treat, so I am suggesting a few simple things you can do to help in treating dry mouth to manage this malady.
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  1. Sip water throughout the day.
  2. Suck on ice (but do not chew it!).
  3. Discontinue alcohol (including mouthwashes containing alcohol), caffeine and sodas – all of which can dry out the mouth.
  4. Humidify your sleeping area with a cool mist vaporizer.
  5. Keep your lips lubricated with lanolin or Lansinoh, an over-the counter (OTC) ointment.
  6. Use fluoride supplements to fight decay.
  7. Consider using Biotene (OTC) oral care products including their toothpaste, mouth rinse and mouth moisturizing gel.Taken together, the Biotene products constitute an “enzyme replacement system” which can be very beneficial for dry mouth patients.

I hope these simple suggestions help if you suffer from dry mouth. As always, please contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA with any questions or concerns or to schedule your next visit so we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Porcelain Veneers – The Best Thing I Ever Did!

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I was thinking about this the other day and one of the best things I ever did (for myself that is) was to get porcelain veneers. My teeth were healthy, but discolored, retroclined (angled inward), worn down from grinding and had spaces between them. I already had orthodontic treatment to correct some of the spacing, but it just didn’t look right and I noticed this in a picture of myself with a good friend’s daughter at her wedding.

Being a dentist I sometimes take these things for granted, but speaking with some of my patients who have taken my advice made me realize what a powerful improvement veneers can be. Veneers are custom made, very thin, but strong shells of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. They usually require very little preparation and therefore cause very little discomfort.

I’ve made hundreds of veneers for people over the years and can honestly say that no one has ever regretted having this done. I’ve included some before and after pictures of one of my patients so you can be the judge! If you have ever thought about doing something to improve your appearance please ask us about veneers. You may just find that this treatment is one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself!

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Mouthwash Ingredients – Why you should avoid those containing CPC

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I’ve known for some time that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a detergent found in many toothpastes can contribute to apthous ulcers – those small annoying ulcerations in our mouths that mysteriously affect many of us. What I didn’t know until recently was that cetyl pyridinium chloride (CPC), the active ingredient in many mouthwashes, i.e. Crest Pro Health, Colgate Total, BreathRx, Scope, Cepacol and Viadent, can interact with SLS to cause staining and sloughing of the buccal mucosa (the inner lining of the cheeks).

Patients often complain of staining and are often at a loss as to why this occurs. Here is just another potential contributing factor in addition to smoking, coffee, tea, etc.

As it happens, Listerine is one of the few mouth rinses that does not contain CPC as one of its mouthwash ingredients, but rather relies on essential oils such as thymol, wintergreen, peppermint and menthol to kill the bacterial plaque responsible for gingivitis.

So now you know! Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

6 Reasons to Laugh

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Need a good laugh? We all do from time to time, especially as we age.

I was reminded of this by the unfortunate passing of Robin Williams last month. The problem is that talking or writing about the health benefits of laughter is rarely funny in and of itself!

Laughter is so important that many years ago I made a habit of attending the International Conference on Humor and Creativity held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Many of the ideas I gleaned from those conferences I tried to incorporate into my dental practice. I even had the opportunity to meet Steve Allen and his son, a practicing physician in Horseheads, N.Y. Then there is also the very interesting book by Norman Cousins, “The Anatomy of an Illness,” where he stated that “laughter is inner jogging.”

So, here it is, the six reasons why you need to laugh:

  1. Laughter increases blood flow, a positive thing for those of us that value life!
  2. Humor may raise the level of infection fighting antibodies in the body and boost the level of immune cells.
  3. Laughter can help mediate blood sugar levels in the body.
  4. People who laugh are able to relax and sleep better.
  5. Laughter can increase your personal satisfaction and help you connect with others.
  6. Laughter can lessen your depression and anxiety and will improve your mood.

Got any good jokes? Send them to me!

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!