Island Dental Spa

3909 E Bay Dr #205, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Dr. Maksym Ruzanov, known by his patients as Dr. Maks, graduated from the University of South Florida with his bachelor of science degree in May, 2012. He went on to complete his doctorate in dentistry at the University of Florida in 2016. With the raising popularity and his desire for higher training in dental implants, Dr. Maks saw the value in continuing his education with the University of Florida and completing a residency in advanced education in general dentistry in 2017. In this program he earned the certificate in comprehensive interdisciplinary dental implant continuum.

Dr. Maks is highly trained, has incredible clinical dentistry skills, while still maintaining that kind and stress-free atmosphere that means so much to his patients on the island and nearby. Island Dental Spa offers family dentistry services, same day crowns using the latest CEREC technology, SureSmile aligner therapy, teeth whitening and more. Dr. Maks sees great value in maintaining active memberships in the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association and the Manatee County Dental Association.

Dr. Maks is originally a native to Ukraine but has called Bradenton his home for a long time. His wife (Erika) grew up her entire life in the Lakewood Ranch area and it was easy to fall in love with the family friendly lifestyle that Bradenton has. They have lived here for four years (since completing higher education) and plan on raising their three sons here. Dr. Maks and his family enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible fishing, boating, camping, and going on new adventures.

Dry Mouth Everybody gets a dry mouth from time to time. Temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or simply the normal reduction in saliva flow at night. But persistent mouth dryness, a condition known as xerostomia, is cause for concern.

Xerostomia occurs when your salivary glands, which normally keep your mouth moist by secreting saliva, are not working properly. A chronic lack of saliva has significant health implications. For one thing, it can be difficult to eat with a dry mouth; tasting, chewing and swallowing may also be affected. This could compromise your nutrition. Also, a dry mouth creates ideal conditions for tooth decay. Thats because saliva plays a very important role in keeping decay-causing oral bacteria in check and neutralizing the acids these bacteria produce; it is the acid in your mouth that erodes tooth enamel and starts the decay process. A dry mouth can also cause bad breath.

Medications. For most people suffering from dry mouth, medications are to blame. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are more than 500 medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) that have this side effect. Antihistamines (for allergies), diuretics (which drain excess fluid), and antidepressants, are high on the list of medications that cause xerostomia. Chemotherapy drugs can also have this effect.

Disease. Some systemic (general body) diseases can cause dry mouth. Sjgrens syndrome, for example, is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own moisture-producing glands in the eyes and mouth. Other diseases known to cause dry mouth include diabetes, Parkinsons disease, cystic fibrosis and AIDS.

Getting Relief If you are taking any medication regularly, its possible that your physician can either suggest a substitute or adjust the dosage to relieve your symptoms of dry mouth. If this is not possible or has already been tried, here are some other things you can do:

Sip fluids frequently. This is particularly helpful during meals. Make sure what you drink does not contain sugar and isnt acidic, as these will both increase your risk of tooth decay. All sodas, including diet varieties, should be avoided, as they are acidic and attack the tooth surface.

Chew sugarless gum. This will help stimulate saliva flow if your salivary glands are not damaged. Choose a variety that contains xylitol, a natural sugar substitute that can be protective against tooth decay.

Use a humidifier. Running a cool-mist humidifier at night can be soothing. Use saliva stimulants/substitutes. There are prescription and over-the-counter products that can either stimulate saliva or act as a substitute oral fluid. We can give you some recommendations.

Have an exam/cleaning. If you have dry mouth, its more important than ever to maintain your regular schedule of visits to the dental office. Please be sure to let us know what medications you are taking, particularly if there have been any changes recently. We will do our best to help relieve any dry-mouth symptoms you are experiencing.

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