How to live with dry mouth (xerostomia) symptoms

dry mouth, the McHenry DentistThe McHenry Dentists say “there are at least 3 ways to combat the symptoms of dry mouth or xerostomia. They include:

1. saliva stimulation
2. saliva replacement
3. medications”


The McHenry Dentist agrees with the The American Dental Association that found chewing sugarless gum helps increase saliva flow.  Read the entire article….

The act of chewing stimulates saliva flow.  The additional saliva flow will also help to neutralize and wash away food particles and acids that can break down enamel causing dental caries (cavities).

Here is a list of sugarless chewing gums with the American Dental Association Seal:

  • Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum
  • ICE BREAKERS ICE CUBES Sugar Free Chewing Gum
  • Stride Sugarless Gum
  • Trident® Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Extra Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Orbit for Kids Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Orbit Sugarfree Gum

Call The McHenry Dentist if you would like to discuss your issues with dry mouth to find the right solutions to help you combat the symptoms of dry mouth.

What causes dry mouth?

McHenry dentists, dry mouthOur McHenry dentists see a variety of  patients who complain of dry mouth (xerostomia).

What causes dry mouth?

Medications:  Many common medications decrease saliva.  These medications include:   cold remedies,  antihistamines. anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics.

Disease:  Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, arthritis, HIV, anemia or stroke.

Chemotherapy:  Patients who are treated for head and neck cancer report a decrease in saliva.   Their saliva glands may be affected by the chemotherapy.

Lifestyle Habits:  Smoking and using chewing tobacco affect saliva production.

If you would like to learn more, click here to watch a video by the American Dental Association on dry mouth.

What Causes Bad Breath?

What causes bad breathHave you wondered what causes bad breath?  The McHenry Dentists say “There are a number of reasons that a patient may experience bad breath.”

Our McHenry dentists find that patients who smoke, have periodontal disease (gum disease), poor oral hygiene, dry mouth or have systemic (medical) diseases complain of bad breath.

Watch a video or read more about bad breath on the American Dental Association website called

Check back next week for some tips on how to eliminate bad breath.

Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a new toothbrush!

Johnsburg dental office, Children's Dental Health Month, McHenry dentistCelebrate Children’s Dental Health Month by buying each of your children a new toothbrush.   The staff at The McHenry Dentist, your Johnsburg dental office, recommends that you change to a new toothbrush every 3 – 4 months or when the bristles become frayed or worn.  The McHenry Dentist always recommends you purchase a soft bristle toothbrush for you and your family members.  Don’t forget to brush 2 times a day!

How often should I visit the dentist?

McHenry dentistThe McHenry Dentist recommends that adults visit a dentist every 6 months.  People who have gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often.   Regular dental visits will help maintain your dental health and allow the dentist to identify problems early if they occur.

During this 6 month visit, you will have a dental examination and your teeth will be cleaned.  The dentist may also recommend that you have dental x-rays or a deep scaling and root planing.

We opened The McHenry Dentist in August.  If you visited our practice in August, it’s time for your dental examination and cleaning.  Call for your dental appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Flossing Prevents Cavities

flossing, McHenry DentistYou can prevent cavities between your teeth by flossing just once a day!  The doctors at The McHenry Dentist recommend flossing your teeth to remove plaque build-up between your teeth.  Your toothbrush bristles are too large to clean away the food debris and plaque between your teeth.  Using floss once a day will remove this plaque containing bacteria that causes cavities (tooth decay) between your teeth.

If you have children under the age of 10, we encourage you to assist the child by flossing for them.   You can find cute flavored flossers with long handles designed for children at most stores.

The staff at The McHenry Dentist will show you a simple way to floss!  They will also show you some floss holders that make it even easier to get the job done.   Call (815) 363-0103 for your appointment.