Dry Mouth? Please Take it Seriously.

dentist and dental assistant advising woman patient on oral health

Like it or not, allergy season is in full swing. When asked, “When is allergy season in Charleston?” the answer is: always. In South Carolina, allergy season lasts approximately ten months out of twelve. With our warmer climate, flowers and plants bloom and produce allergens for prolonged periods.

Allergies can be miserable for anyone who suffers from them. Congestion, postnasal drip, a sore throat, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes can make you want to hole up inside. Another common symptom of allergies is dry mouth. A dry mouth is more than just uncomfortable; it is also a threat to your oral health and should never be taken lightly.

When allergy symptoms cause you to have a stuffy nose, you will open your mouth to breathe. Mouth-breathing is a bad habit, but it often cannot be avoided during allergy season. Breathing in and out through the mouth can lead to a severe condition called Xerostomia, or dry mouth. This condition refers to the mouth being unable to produce enough saliva from the salivary glands to keep the mouth moist.

While you may not give much thought to it, saliva is an incredibly vital component of your oral health. Saliva keeps the mouth moist and comfortable, but more than that, it helps to wash away damaging bacteria from the teeth and gums. When the mouth is dry, bacteria will adhere to the teeth and cause inflammation to the gums. When bacteria-laden plaque hardens quickly in a dry mouth, it will turn into tartar. Tartar can only be removed at the dentist’s office, and without removal, it will cause irreversible damage to your smile.

Symptoms of a dry mouth include:

  • Frequent thirst
  • A dry throat
  • A sticky, dry feeling inside the mouth
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • A dry, raw tongue

Most allergy medications contain antihistamines to help dry up the excess mucus produced by the inflamed sinuses. Unfortunately, as these medications dry up the mucus, they also dry out your mouth. You will need to increase your daily water intake while your mouth is dry to help prevent adverse oral health problems.

If dry mouth is making you uncomfortable, contact Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481

FAX: (843) 577-4653


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Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.


538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone (843) 507-5481
Fax (843) 577-4653

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Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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