Causes of Dry Mouth
Sometimes, a dry mouth is simply the result of not drinking enough water during the day or re-hydrating after strenuous exercise. Temporary dry mouth can also come from stress or nerves the kind you may experience before speaking in front of a large group of people. More often, however, dry mouth is a side-effect of medication. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) estimates there are over 400 medications that cause dry mouth, with diuretics, pain medications, antidepressants and antihistamines among the culprits.
Mouth Moisturizing Solutions
Here are some things you can do to help relieve dryness and to keep your mouth healthy:
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow.
- Sip on water throughout the day.
- Cut back on caffeine, tobacco and alcohol, which can cause dehydration.
- Ask your dentist about using an artificial saliva spray.
- Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth.
- See your dentist for a prescription for a toothpaste which will strengthen the teeth with fluoride and help to remineralize the root surface and less likely to cause dryness in the mouth.
Because a lack of saliva makes your mouth more susceptible to decay and disease, taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential. Brush your teeth in the morning and evening to help reduce mouth germs and fight plaque. Flossing daily is also essential for removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the gum line. Visit your dentist regularly. They can help you manage dry mouth, but also examine your mouth for early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
If you or someone you need would like more information, contact Dr. Terry Bass OKC dentist to address concerns about your dental health. Call us today at 405-848-7780.