Natural Dry Mouth Remedies and Treatment with Dr Anna Glinianska
In this interview, we’re talking with Dr. Anna Glinianska, an endodontist who received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. After obtaining her DDS degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, she completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado Hospital and specialty training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Glinianska is passionate about her profession, as it combines two of her interests: art and science and provides opportunities to be involved in outreach missions. She believes in comprehensive care, patient education and preventative dental treatment. While limiting her practice to endodontics Dr. Anna is also active in educating and helping those who suffer from dry mouth through her blog and Facebook group.
We discuss her typical protocol for dry mouth, how to know if it’s an issue for you, some of the most common causes, and how this relates to dry eyes. In addition, we’ll cover the natural ways you can treat this condition.
I will put some of the great talking points below, but tune in to the whole video above because the information is superb!
So many people aren’t aware of the issues that can arise from dry mouth. It’s a true struggle! Saliva is so important for oral health, and if you don’t have enough of it you’ll end up with cavities, infections, and other oral inflammation.
First of all, you need to find out the cause of dry mouth. If you know the underlying cause, you can properly treat the condition. For those who are undergoing chemo or have a systemic disease which may be contributing to dry mouth, there are ways to protect your teeth so that damage is controlled or limited instead of widespread. Inflammation of the body can affect glands of both the eyes and the mouth, leading to dry mouth and dry eyes simultaneously.
Do I Have Dry Mouth?
Xerostomia (dry mouth) is often just a symptom - think dry mouth before you give a big speech. However, hyposalivation is the term used when you’re actually diagnosed with decreased salivary flow. There are conditions that are simply sensations without having an underlying issue, but hyposalivation can be a real issue. It’s important to bring up your symptoms to your dentist or oral healthcare provider so that they can run a salivary flow measurement test.
A general dentist can diagnose you with dry mouth, as well as oral surgeons and other oral medicine providers. Saliva is important for mechanically washing away your food and helping your food break down. Bacteria live in our mouths, and a lack of saliva can cause bacteria to stick around on your teeth and gums. In addition to this, there are minerals (like calcium and phosphate) in saliva that help to repair the enamel of your teeth. This helps prevent cavities, and without it you can run into issues. An increase in cavities is a common sign of dry mouth.
Management of Dry Mouth | Natural Remedies For Dry Mouth
Taking care of your teeth is so important! Establish a baseline with your dentist and get a proper diagnosis first. Fluoride treatments may be recommended, if you’re comfortable with that. Also, more frequent visits may be prescribed if you’re at a greater risk of cavities and infection (Exp. every three months instead of every six).
Flossing is also a big deal. Most people don’t realize how big of a deal flossing is. If you’re just brushing your teeth, you’re missing 30% of the surfaces of your teeth. This can be a huge issue, so flossing once per day is essential.
Mouthwash can also be an amazing tool for preventing oral issues. However, so many products are filled with chemicals. Natural mouthwashes are the best option, so try to look for a mouthwash that contains organic essential oils. If you apply these, you’ll find relief by coating your oral tissues. Smile Genius Organic Mouthwash is a great option, and one that was formulated by Dr. Anna. Not only is this product filled with healthy, safe ingredients, but it’s also environmentally friendly!