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Protect Your Smile

Keep your teeth healthy with regular visits to Harvard Square Dental Care in Hamilton, Ontario. Our team has extensive experience offering general dentistry and emergency dental care to both children and adults. We understand children, teens, and adults have different needs, and we address them all, providing high-quality hygiene visits and comprehensive patient education.

Dr. Mundy and her friendly staff at this Hamilton dental office take the time to get to hear your unique needs, concerns, and goals for obtaining the smile you are looking to achieve. We understand dental fears and anxieties, we will work with you at each visit to ensure you are comfortable. Our goal is to make every visit a positive visit.

General Dentistry for the Entire Family

  • Implant Placement and Restoration
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Crown and Bridge Treatment
  • Digital X-Rays  
  • Mercury-Free Care
  • Mouth Guards
  • Dentures
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Man With White Teeth & Woman With Braces

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, or xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh), refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don't make enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Dry mouth is often the side effect of certain medications or due to aging issues or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer. Less often, dry mouth may be caused by a condition that directly affects the salivary glands.

Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids produced by bacteria, limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. Saliva also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to chew and swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion.

Decreased saliva and dry mouth can range from being merely a nuisance to something that has a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food.

Treatment for dry mouth depends on the cause.

Dry Mouth Symptoms

If you're not producing enough saliva, you may notice these signs and symptoms all or most of the time:

  • Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing
  • Dry or sore throat and hoarseness
  • Dry or grooved tongue
  • A changed sense of taste
  • Problems wearing dentures

Dry Mouth Complications

If you don't have enough saliva and develop dry mouth, this can lead to:

  • Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease
  • Mouth sores
  • Yeast infection in your mouth (thrush)
  • Sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth, or cracked lips
  • Poor nutrition from having problems with chewing and swallowing