Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a condition that literally makes your mouth dry to due the lack of saliva production. This may not seem like an awful condition to deal with, but it can cause many oral-related issues in folks across the globe.
What are the causes of a dry mouth?
A dry mouth can be caused by a variety of different things:
- Certain prescription and non-prescription medications for…
- Psychotic disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Colds – Antihistamines and decongestants
- And more. Ask your doctor about this and whether or not your specific medication can cause a dry mouth.
- Certain conditions or diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- And more. Ask your doctor more regarding this.
- Certain medical treatments
- Lack of salivary glands from surgery
- Smoking or use of chewing tobacco
- Nerve damage in the head and/or neck area
What are the symptoms of a dry mouth?
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A dry or painful tongue
- Sore or dry throat
- Trouble eating, speaking, chewing, or tasting
- Mouth sores or sores around the mouth
- Dry, cracked lips
- A hoarse voice
- Dry nasal passages
How can I treat/prevent a dry mouth?
Luckily, there are ways to prevent or even treat dry mouth symptoms:
- Drink plenty of water to help hydrate your mouth.
- Chewing sugarless chewing gum. Doing so will help to stimulate the salivary glands in your mouth to produce more saliva. The gum will also rid of excess oral bacteria to prevent the risk of many oral-related conditions from occurring that dry mouth can cause in the first place. An alternative would be to suck on ice cubes, a popsicle, or a sugarless mint or candy.
- Avoid rinses and mouthwashes that contain alcohol or peroxide. While these substances do help kill oral bacteria, they also dry out the mouth and increase risk of a dry mouth symptoms that can be harmful to your oral health.
- Consume foods that are moist such as soups, gravies, and creams
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these beverages are very drying for the mouth.
- Reduce or quit your smoking or chewing tobacco habits. These are again another risk of dry mouth that can be avoided.
- Opt for moisturizing lip products to help with your dry lips symptom from dry mouth.
- Use a humidifier at home to bring moisture into your house.
- Reduce your consumption of dry, salty, and/or spicy foods. These will only make matters worse for your dry mouth.
- Opt for dry mouth treatment medications such as Evoxac or Salagen to help increase saliva production. These can be prescribed by a health care provider.
- Continue brushing twice a day with fluoride-based toothpaste and flossing. These will reduce the risks of dry mouth, such as an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and the like.
- Attend biannual dental check up appointments to ensure everything is in order.