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What Causes Dry Mouth: A Complete Guide


Posted on 2/6/2023 by Evan
What Causes Dry Mouth: A Complete GuideA dry mouth is a condition characterized by a lack of saliva. Saliva is essential for maintaining good oral health. It helps neutralize acids, wash away food particles, and provide enzymes that aid digestion.

Without enough saliva, you may experience symptoms such as a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth, difficulty swallowing or speaking, and an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. There are several potential causes of dry mouth, including:

Medications


You may experience dry mouth as a side effect of using certain medications. These medicines include antidepressants, antihistamines, decongestants, and painkillers. Be sure to check the side effects of any medications you are taking. You can also tell the dentist when you have a dry mouth after taking medicines.

Health Conditions


If you are suffering from other health conditions besides oral diseases, you may also experience dry mouth—for instance, people with diabetes, Sjogren's syndrome, and autoimmune disorders.

The best thing to do here is to talk to the dentist to help you find supplements that will help your mouth provide enough saliva.

Dehydration


When you don't drink enough water and other fluids, you will experience a dry mouth. If your body lacks water, it can't produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Therefore, you need to keep drinking water to get enough saliva in your mouth.

If you don't like the water, you need to tell the dentist to find a solution. The dentist will tell you the other drinks you can take as a substitute for water. Also, you can add oranges to your water to add flavor.

Smoking Tobacco And Drinking Alcohol


Using tobacco products or drinking alcohol can also cause dry mouth. You need to regulate or quit smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. Also, you need to limit your caffeine intake as it can lead to dry mouth. Consult our dentist if you experience dry mouth.
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