Constant dry mouth can cause bad breath, affect your sense of taste. It can also make chewing and swallowing more difficult.
Because saliva plays an important role in digestion and helps to keep teeth clean, dry mouth can have a major impact on your overall health.
So if my mouth gets dry, is it serious?
Occasional Dry Mouth Is Normal, However Persistent Symptoms Can Lead To Serious Issues
Persistent dry mouth can cause symptoms, like cracked lips, a sore throat, and a feeling of stickiness. Decreased saliva can also lead to mouth sores.
Difficulty Speaking, Chewing, or Swallowing
Without sufficient saliva, you may battle to speak due to a hoarse voice or need to drink water frequently in order to swallow.
Saliva plays an important role in keeping your teeth clean by neutralizing bacteria. It spreads rapidly, leading to persistent bad breath.
Am I at risk for dry mouth?
Dry Mouth Most Often Appears AS A SIDE EFFECT OF OTHER ISSUES
Dry mouth is a common side effect of hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and pain relievers. Some cancer therapies can also affect saliva.
Decreased salivation is also associated with health conditions. Nerve damage in the head or neck can affect salivary glands. Dry mouth can also result from diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain autoimmune disorders.
Nighttime snoring or mouth breathing can also cause dry mouth symptoms. Often, patients with sleep apnea will experience issues with morning dry mouth as well.
Lifestyle Changes CAN LIMIT THE EFFECTS OF DRY MOUTH
Avoid Products That Can Worsen Dry Mouth
Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol can all contribute to dry mouth. Limiting your caffeine intake, stopping tobacco use, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol can all help prevent dry mouth.
Breathe through Your Nose
Learning to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth can also help minimize your issues with dry mouth. Your dentist may have tips for changing your habits.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing gum or sucking on sugar-free candies can help stimulate the flow of saliva. You can also try sipping water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist.
So how do I find out if my condition is serious?
Talk To Dr Sohn About A Solution
Saliva is essential to maintaining the health of your teeth. There are a few simple lifestyle changes you can try to limit the symptoms of dry mouth and protect your oral health. If you are concerned about dry mouth, schedule an appointment with Elegant Dental Care to see Dr Sohn to find out how to protect your smile.