Archive for April, 2011

Dry Mouth – Causes & Solutions

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dry mouth is a most common malady.  Initially, it may seem like a minor irritation, however, for many people it can and frequently does have devastating results.  Saliva is truly a significant element necessary for good oral health.

The cause of dry mouth can stem from multiple sources.  The use of many drugs can result in xerostomia or dry mouth.  Many of the antidepressant drugs, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, diuretics, antihistamines, and blood pressure medications, for instance, may cause dry mouth.  Often, if your physician is informed of this condition, another drug may be substituted or the amount of the present drug may be reduced, or taken in smaller but more frequent doses to reach the same daily dose to alleviate your dry mouth.  Not always, however, will there be a suitable substitute drug for all diseases.  Certain drug combinations also may result in dry mouth.

Many diseases, likewise, cause dry mouth.  Sjogren’s Syndrome is a classic disease for dry mouth, but rheumatoid arthritis patients often also have dry mouth.  Some diseases, like diabetes, if not properly controlled may result in dry mouth and aging alone may produce dry mouth.

There are also drugs which stimulate saliva release.  The two most commonly used of these are Salagen (Pilocarpine HC1) and Evoxac (Cevimeline HC1).  These are taken 3 or 4 times daily to maintain oral moisture.  People who suffer from dry mouth may also use oral moisturizers.  The best and most readily available of these is water.  A nearby water bottle easily helps maintain moisture in the mouth.  There are saliva substitutes, which some people like.  These are, Salivart, Oralube, Xero-lube, and Plax.

Also available are chemical stimulants such as Mouth-kote or Optimoist or an adhesive patch called OraMoist.  As a dentist with Sjögren’s Syndrome, I personally like a product called Numoisyn, which is a saliva-supporting lozenge (basically a sugar-free lemon drop) which causes the mouth to salivate.

A few dry mouth Do’s and Don’ts for Xerostomia or hyposalivation:

  • DO sip water regularly
  • DO chew sugar-free gum (with xylitol)
  • DO breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  • DO add moisture to air at night (i.e. room humidifier)
  • DO limit your caffeine intake
  • DO limit your alcohol intake
  • DO use fluoride toothpaste or ask your dentist for fluoride treatments at home to prevent rampant decay resulting from dry mouth (serious negative effect)


  • DON’T use mouthwashes with alcohol
  • DON’T use OTC antihistamines and decongestants


If in doubt about what to do for your dry mouth, talk to your dentist or call Dr. James G. Hood, DDS, MA at (509) 928-9100 to learn more.  You can also visit his website at:  Dr. Hood’s office is conveniently located at:

 Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

507 North Sullivan Road Suite A-1, Spokane Valley, WA 99037

Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509 928-0414


Farm Fresh Eggs for Sale!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Mountain Valley View Farm
is now selling fresh, organic eggs!

Our Barred Plymouth Rock and Red Star laying hens are producing around 15 dozen eggs per week. These chickens are free range, hormone and antibiotic free, and fed a fresh grain feed that contains no soy or animal bi-products. Eggs are ready for purchase now, and we are also taking pre-orders for future batches. We can only sell 15 dozen each week, so get on our waiting list quick to ensure that you get some of these nutritious and tasty eggs!

Organic eggs are extremely nutritious and contain significantly higher ratios of Vitamins A and E, Omega 3, and beta carotene than commercially produced eggs. They are also lower in cholesterol and saturated fat, making them an excellent choice for anyone concerned about their health. Furthermore, trace chemicals from pesticides and fertilizers have been detected in commercial eggs, and many of these chickens are given growth hormones and antibiotics to make them produce more. Chickens at Mountain Valley View Farm are fed an all-natural grain and allowed to roam and forage for food to supplement their diet. We do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on our farm, nor do we give our animals growth hormones or antibiotics, so you can be assured that our eggs will not have the toxins so common to commercially produced eggs. You will also love the taste of our eggs, as studies have shown that organic eggs from hens that eat a varied diet have a noticeably stronger and more pleasing flavor than commercial eggs.

Mountain Valley View Farm is a small family farm serving the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area with healthy, farm fresh produce and more. We are located in beautiful Spokane Valley.

Eggs are $3.00/dozen and are available for pickup at Mountain Valley View Farm:

4227 S Chapman Rd
Greenacres, WA 99016

Or you can arrange to have them delivered to your home. Delivery charge will vary depending on your location. There is a small 50¢ egg carton deposit fee that is refundable when you bring egg cartons back for your next purchase. Call 509-928-1800 for more information, or to schedule a time to pick up your delicious farm fresh eggs!