If you’ve ever had dry mouth at night, you’ve probably woken up with classic signs of cottonmouth, including a dry, sticky mouth that makes you want to reach for a glass of water. Understanding what causes dry mouth at night can help you address side effects, such as bad breath, a higher risk of cavities, […]
About Sharon Boyd, MA, RDH
Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the dental industry and is founder of DentaSpeak, LLC. In addition to being a registered hygienist, she serves as a full-time patient education professional, with special interests in strategic dental communications. She often works as a liaison between practitioners and patients, bridging the gap between care needs and patient concerns. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys long distance running, triathlon, and volunteering at her family’s church.
Entries by Sharon Boyd, MA, RDH
Approximately 8 percent of adults and 7 percent of children experience seasonal allergies. If you’re prone to seasonal allergies or frequent sinus infections, it’s important to note how these conditions — as well as the medications you take to manage them — may contribute to oral health problems like dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. […]
Bad breath in kids can be a serious concern for parents and caregivers. When bad breath is severe and prolonged, experts call it halitosis, and it can impact everything from social development to personal relationships with friends and family. If your child has halitosis, you can take steps to help them address it, and the […]
Is it possible to get canker sores from dipping tobacco? Can you get a canker sore from smoking? These are legitimate concerns for people who use smokeless tobacco or smoking products. If you use tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco products, it’s important to be aware of how they impact the soft mucosal […]
Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, can cause significant discomfort several days in a row, making everyday activities like eating meals extremely uncomfortable. Knowing what to eat with canker sores can help ease symptoms without leaving you hungry between meals. Similarly, it’s important to know which foods cause canker sores to feel worse so […]
Approximately one in 10 people are affected by canker sores. While most oral healthcare providers recommend allowing them to heal on their own, many people turn to holistic, DIY, or natural products to help manage the pain of aphthous ulcers. Some people turn to mouthwash to help keep canker sore pain at bay. Looking for […]
You rely on a healthy, comfortable mouth more than you think. From eating to talking at work, the mucosa (skin inside of your mouth) needs to stay healthy and lubricated. When mouth sores pop up, they can feel extremely painful, especially since we’re constantly moving our mouths during meals, while we’re having conversations with our […]
If you’re about to get dental implants, thinking about implant treatment, or caring for someone who just had dental implants placed, proper home care can impact how successful the procedure is. The right oral hygiene and home care routine will help you minimize discomfort, improve healing times, and help ensure your implants don’t get infected. […]
Your mouth and overall wellness are closely connected. Taking certain vitamins for your teeth and gums may be just as important as taking supplements for the rest of your body, particularly for reducing inflammation. What vitamins are good for gum disease and reducing bleeding or swollen gums? We’ll break it down and explain which vitamins […]
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