Throughout the day, you notice that your mouth feels dry, but it’s fairly easy to disregard. After all, you’re busy with work, errands, and getting the kids to their activities. A dry mouth isn’t a big deal, right? Well, if it is dry most of the time, it may be more serious than you thought. You could have dry mouth. Get all the information you need to know about it from your Vienna dentist.
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth is the sensation that there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth. Although dry mouth seems straightforward enough, there are other common symptoms associated with dry mouth, including the following:
- Trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting, or speaking.
- A sticky, dry feeling in your mouth.
- A dry throat.
- Cracked lips.
- A dry, rough tongue.
- Mouth sores.
- Bad breath.
Anyone can get dry mouth every now and then as a result of stress, but you shouldn’t experience these symptoms consistently. If you are, talk to your dentist or doctor. Dry mouth can be uncomfortable, but what’s more, it can also lead to oral problems.
Why is dry mouth bad for my oral health?
In addition to making it harder to taste, chew, swallow, or speak, dry mouth can increase your chances of developing tooth decay or infections in your mouth. Your saliva helps to wash away food particles and plaque, which houses harmful bacteria. When you produce less saliva, these bacteria have more opportunities to create acids that attack your teeth’s enamel, causing a cavity.
What causes dry mouth?
Your mouth has several glands that produce saliva. Dry mouth occurs when these glands are not working properly due to the following:
- Side effect of certain medications.
- Symptom of disease such as diabetes.
- Damage from radiation or chemotherapy.
- Nerve damage from an injury to the head or neck.
What can I do about dry mouth?
First of all, talk to your doctor or dentist in Vienna at your checkup about your symptoms, and they can help you determine the cause of your dry mouth. If caused by medicine, your doctor may be able to change the dosage or the medication altogether. There is also medication that can help increase the saliva your glands produce. On top of medical assistance, you can do several things on your own to deal with dry mouth, including in the following:
- Sip water often, including during meals.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, which can dry out the mouth.
- Chew sugarless gum to encourage saliva production.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol because they can dry out your mouth.
- Use a humidifier at night.
A dry mouth may seem insignificant to you, but if you notice that your mouth is dry most of the time, don’t just ignore it. Do something about it—tell your dentist or doctor. Your comfort and oral health are worth protecting. For more information about dry mouth, contact your Vienna dentist for an appointment.
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