Everything you needed to know about dry mouth
Have you even woken up with a dry and sticky mouth, perhaps you are unlucky enough to be suffering from a common dental condition known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition where you do not produce enough saliva to lubricate the mouth and throat, as a result you find it difficult to eat, swallow and speak.
What causes it
Dry mouth can be caused by various diseases and medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Dry mouth is also a common side effect of many medications, so ensure you speak to your doctor or nurse before taking any medication as they may cause dry mouth, and you may need to talk about ways in which you can reduce the impact of this.
Probably the most common symptom is find it hard to swallow, speak clearly or chew food. There may also be a strong urge to drink a lot of water and you may experience bad breath. Dry mouth can really affect your confidence, particularly with the way it affects the way you eat, your speech, as well as making your breath bad.
If you have suffered these before and your dental history has not been so good, dry mouth may have been a major factor in the decay in your teeth.
Ways to treat dry mouth
Thankfully there are a number of ways to deal with dry mouth, and these include:
- Keeping well hydrated throughout the day and always carrying water around with you. It is a good idea to sip water throughout the day rather than drinking a lot at once, this will be more effective in countering the effects of dry mouth throughout the day.
- Avoid very hot or very cold water
- Using dry mouth mouth rinses or washes
- Avoid carbonated or sugary beverages, which can exacerbate the effects of dry mouth. If you must have these it is important to drink water immediately after or at least rinse your mouth.
- Chew sugarless gum or eat sugarless sweets in order to promote production of saliva
- Avoid smoking and alcohol. Both of these will further dry out the mouth.
- Use an air humidifier in your room when you sleep.
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