Looking for information on dry mouth because it seems that your mouth is not producing as much saliva as it used to? It is important for your mouth to have enough saliva to neutralize acids and bacteria as well as wash away food particles. This helps to ensure you have a healthy mouth. Saliva is also important when it comes to eating. That is because it helps you chew and swallow easier. But saliva also helps when it comes to your good digestion of foods.
If you do indeed have dry mouth, know that it can range from minimally affecting your good oral health to affecting your oral health so much that it jeopardizes your overall good oral health.
The following is a list of some of the common symptoms someone will often experience when they are living with dry mouth:
- A feeling of dryness in the mouth
- A dry tongue
- Thick saliva
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty swallowing
- A persistent sore throat
- Bad breath
- Experiencing different taste sensations when consuming foods and beverages
Common causes of chronic dry mouth
The following is a list of three of the more common causes for why someone may be diagnosed with chronic dry mouth:
#1 – Not drinking enough fluids
Most people know that it is essential for them to hydrate themselves properly so that they can be in good overall health. It is also important to be properly hydrated in order to avoid being diagnosed with chronic dry mouth.
#2 – Taking certain prescription medications
There are literally thousands of different types of prescription medications that can lead to dry mouth. Having a dry mouth is a common symptom of certain prescription medications. That means those who are taking medications need to check the side effects in order to find out whether or not this is their underlying reason for having a dry mouth.
#3 – Being diagnosed with certain diseases or disorders
There are many health issues in which one of the symptoms is dry mouth. This makes it necessary for those who are living with a certain disease or disorder to find out whether dry mouth is one of the symptoms associated with their health issue.
Is your dry mouth getting in the way of your good oral health?
If you think you have dry mouth then finding out the cause of your dry mouth is necessary before you are able to get treatment for this serious dental issue. In order for you to minimize your dry mouth problem, you can drink water often throughout the day, chew sugarless gum and/or suck on sugarless candies. Avoiding eating salty foods and avoiding drinking beverages that contain caffeine are recommended as these two things tend to dry out the mouth. In order for you to know how to properly address your dry mouth condition, making an appointment with a dental professional as soon as possible is recommended.
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