At our dental clinic, we see many people who are suffering from dry mouth. If you’re having a hard time with it, as well, we want you to know what causes it and how you can find relief.
Causes of Dry Mouth
Your lifestyle as well as certain health conditions can cause dry mouth. For example, dehydration or participating in intensive sports can leave your mouth dry. Some common health conditions that could result in dry mouth include taking certain prescriptions, asthma, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to Relieve Dry Mouth
While dry mouth can be irritating, there are many different things you can try to find relief. Our dental clinic recommends:
- Drinking more water
- Eating regular meals
- Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day
- Avoiding overly salty foods, alcohol, and carbonated beverages
- Visiting our dental clinic regularly to have your teeth cleaned
Please remember that if your dry mouth remains untreated, you will be at risk for serious dental problems. This is because the saliva in your mouth is responsible for three things: keeping the oral tissues in your mouth moist, removing food particles from your teeth, and fighting bacteria that cause cavities. Your saliva also has antibodies in it that effectively keep tooth decay from developing. If there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth, harmful bacteria will be able to multiply and harm your teeth and gums.