Posted on 2/17/2018 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|Are you struggling with dry mouth? Do you find it difficult to keep your mouth moist on a daily basis? While people will experience dry mouth every now and then, there are some who have dry mouth every day.
This can create an uncomfortable feeling and lead to serious health issues is not treated. Saliva is needed on a daily basis as it helps with food digestion, protects the teeth from decay and helps to control the bacteria in the mouth, preventing infection. Learn what to do if you have dry mouth to avoid such issues.
Why Do I Have Dry Mouth?
There are several reasons why one might have a dry mouth. If you take medication on a daily basis, the medicine might have dry mouth as a side effect. Medications from pain killers to antihistamines can lead to dry mouth issues.
Certain diseases can also affect the salivary glands, including Parkinson's disease or diabetes. Menopause and smoking are other conditions that can lead to dry mouth problems.
So, what symptoms mean that dry mouth is occurring every day? When you experience dry mouth daily, you will have trouble swallowing, have a dry feeling in the mouth and in your throat. You may have cracked lips as well as a reduced ability to taste. Mouth sores can also appear in the mouth.
How to Treat Dry Mouth
If you suffer from daily dry mouth, there are treatment solutions. Drink water often and avoid drinks heavy in caffeine. You can chew sugarless gum or have sugarless hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva. Avoid using alcohol or tobacco and use a humidifier at night.
Your doctor can also prescribe medication to help with dry mouth. When it comes to your dental health, you want to ensure your teeth are checked often when you have dry mouth.
Because bacteria is not easily removed without saliva present, you want to be sure you are not having any issues with your teeth, such as the onset of decay.
Contact us today to ensure your teeth are in good health, when suffering from dry mouth.
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