Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
News to Make a Mouth Water…
A thick, juicy prime rib of beef surrounded by a baked potato—all the trimmings—asparagus with drawn butter, fresh apple cobbler a la mode. Got your mouth watering? Good. Your salivary glands have been stimulated. And saliva’s a whole lot more important to you than helping you enjoy that special meal.
A Few Other Things You Might Find Good to Know About Saliva…
- It has a critical role in the health of your mouth—and your body.
- It’s a natural mouth rinse, flushing out the plaque that causes decay and periodontal disease.
- It acts as a buffer against overly acid mouth.
- Lack of saliva is a serious problem—and not an uncommon one. We call it xerostomia.
More About Dry Mouth…
- It happens when we get older—but it doesn’t have to.
- It’s a serious, debilitating condition. With dry mouth, tooth decay accelerates.
- Drugs and medical therapies (including radiation for cancer) can contribute to dry mouth.
- Other anti-dry mouth responses: sugarless gum, sugarless lozenges, mouth-wetting agents.
- You can fight it by drinking eight glasses of water daily. That’s a good idea even if you don’t have dry mouth.
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.