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Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can have an effect on your daily life, especially if it happens often.
When a dry mouth doesn’t go away it could mean you have a problem producing saliva. Some are more common than others. It causes a dry, sticky feeling in your mouth. It can very uncomfortable when it occurs on a regular basis.
Common symptoms of a dry mouth include feeling dry or sticky in the mouth or throat, as well as having trouble chewing, swallowing or speaking. You may experience a slight burning sensation in your mouth or throat. Some other symptoms of a dry mouth may include:
- A rough tongue
- Cracked lips
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
People with a dry mouth may also have more frequent tooth decay. This can lead to more serious dental problems. Regular dentist appointments are essential.
There’s a few different reasons why you might experience a dry mouth. Some reasons are more common than others. You could be experiencing a dry mouth due to the weather, not drinking enough water or sleeping with your mouth open. In these situations, dry mouth will go away or can easily be prevented.
Dry mouth could be caused by certain medications, from having cancer treatment or from smoking or using methamphetamine. Suffering from an autoimmune disorder such as Sjogren’s Syndrome will cause a dry mouth. This disease can affect the moisture-producing glands in the eyes and in the salivary glands in the mouth. Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits can often prevent or help with dry mouth.
How do you get rid of dry mouth?
In some situations getting rid of a dry mouth is simple. If you drink more water or make a simple lifestyle change such as quitting smoking you will likely find your dry mouth resolves quickly.
In other, more serious situations you will need to visit a dentist or a GP to help treat your dry mouth. If you suffer from a specific disease known to cause a dry mouth regularly, you should talk to your dentist or GP. They will help you with recommendations for treatment.
Is dry mouth dangerous?
When you get a dry mouth on a regular basis it can be from something more serious. If left untreated, it could worsen or cause further problems. You could be experiencing a dry mouth from medications including cancer treatment, or you could suffer from an autoimmune disease. If you’re concerned about having a dry mouth, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Can dry mouth be prevented?
Yes. You can greatly reduce your chances of developing dry mouth by taking good care of your oral health. That means a combination of at-home dental care and building a great relationship with your dentist.
Drinking more water and sugarless drinks and avoiding drinks high in caffeine will help prevent dry mouth. Oral care products to help moisturize your mouth can also help. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol as well as minimizing spicing and sugary foods will also help with prevention.
We recommend daily healthy habits and regular visits to the dentist. For optimum oral health:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits at home including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
- Book hygiene visits with an oral hygienist or oral health therapist twice each year
- Book routine exam and x-rays visits with your dentist once each year
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