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  • Dry mouth (xerostomia) due to dentures: Is it possible to develop xerostomia from new dentures? I have checked out medical possibilities for this condition and there are none. The dry mouth is very severe and I must constantly suck on sugar-free candies to relieve the condition. My previous dentures did not evoke this condition. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Xerostomia and Sjogrens: I was diagnosed with Sjogrens approximately 2 years ago and so have a dry mouth to contend with which is helped greatly with olive oil! A couple weeks ago I had an outbreak of oral shingles and in the last couple days noticed that I have a boil on the gum above the left incisor.It was lanced today by my dentist, and he says that I have an abcess and need a root canal. Last year I had very severe pain on the side of my face and sinuses, went to the dentist and was advised that I needed a root canal. I went to the specialist, and he advised me that I did not need a root canal, but rather my sinuses were infected. I am not concerned that my sinuses might be infected again---have been doing some very serious house work involving lots of dust,etc cleaning the attic. I don't want to have an unneccesary root canal, yet my dentist today took Xrays and told me that the tooth in question has been dead since I was a child (now am 55). Because I also am allergic to oral antibiotics, I am in a precarious situation. The bottom line is, I have NO PAIN on the gum or in the tooth and no sensitivity to a "cold" tests that the dentist gave me today. I have had a root canal in the past and it really played havoc with my immune system. Don't abcesses of a tooth ususally involve pain and sensitivity to hot and cold? Couldn't I just have a boil on my gum from the outbreak of shingles in my mouth a couple weeks ago and not necessarily have an abcessed tooth? ...Visitor from VA    (answer)

  • Dry mouth causing problems? I need a lot of dental work done. I have 2 broken crowns (at the gumline), missing teeth, a cracked tooth and a 3 tooth bridge that needs replacing. My gums are not in the best shape,either. Also the contour of my gums does not line up exactly with my jawbone. And if that were not enough, I am a mouth breather and taking medication which causes dry mouth (xerostomia). I am almost 53 yrs old and my dentition has caused me big problems all my life. What kind of dentist do I need? I understand that in sedation dentistry a lot of work can be done in just a few appointments True? Also what kind of sedation is used? The thought of getting full dentures for both upper and lower appeals to me more and more. I have seen people with full dentures and they have a great smile. Denture dentistry must have improved since my grandparents day. I so envy people who have a great smile, whether or not they have natural or unnatural teeth. Could you help point me in the right direction? I have been self-conscious about my teeth almost all my life. I don't expect to ever have a smile like Tom Cruise, but I know that minor miracles are performed in the world of dentistry. Being able to smile without feeling self-conscious about my teeth would make me a changed and very happy person. Appreciate it! ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Oxyfresh and Dry Mouth (xerostomia) products don't help: I have been battling bad breath for the past 10 years. This problem has effected every avenue in my life. I am an office professional who has constant dealings with the public, so therefore this problem makes it very difficult to function on a daily basis. I have had surgery to remove my wisdom teeth and also corrective pocket surgery, but to no avail has this helped the breath problem. I alternate visits with my general dentist and my periodontist and they tell me to just keep flossing, brushing and using mouth washes. My kids have told me they smell my breath, and coworkers have also told me in unspoken terms that they smell it too. Please advise me of what to do because I have tried everything over the counter from dry mouth products to the oxyfresh. ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Need something that works - not overpriced products: I brush my teeth 7 times a day, and scrape my tongue. I cannot escape my bad breath. I have good hygiene, but no one would know that by smelling me. I overhear people saying I dont brush my teeth and other rude comments. I have tried the over priced tooth pastes and rinses. I have done the halometer in the past. I complained to my Drs and dentists and no one cares to do anything to help me. The worse thing is the social impact all this has caused me, not to mention I feel like I lost my job behind this. I am in desperate need of someone who can actually help me, not just try to sell me overpriced products that DONT WORK. Is there anyone that takes a medical AND dental approach combined? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Dry mouth - implants: I have lost most of my teeth due to cavities caused by dry mouth. If I get implants, will my dry mouth problem create implant problems now or down the road? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)


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