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Dry Mouth: Causes & Remedies

We all know drinking enough water is good for our health. And when you’re feeling parched, there’s nothing better than a tall drink of ice-cold water to dampen that dry mouth of yours. But what do you do when you are constantly finding yourself with that dry mouth feeling?

There are numerous reasons you could be suffering from chronic dry mouth. Below are the top five.

Physiologic: Sometimes having a dry mouth is just a normal part of life. Temporary anxiety, open-mouthed breathing, mild dehydration, menopause, pregnancy, and decreased saliva due to sleep are all normal causes of dry mouth.

Prescription Medication: Sixty-three percent of the top 200 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. are known to cause a side effect of dry mouth. And the higher the number of medications a person takes, the higher the chance of dry mouth. That’s why as we age, we tend to experience more instances of dry mouth. It’s not necessarily age-related, but it is related to an increase in the number of medications we take.

Habitual Use of Alcohol and Tobacco: Use of any of these products will dry out the oral cavity. Please drink in moderation, and make sure to up your water intake when you are consuming alcohol. As for tobacco, we always recommend quitting as soon as possible not only for your oral hygiene but for your overall health.

Chronic Disease: Diabetes, Sjogren’s disease, Sarcoidosis, and Hepatitic C can all cause dry mouth.

Psychogenic or Idiopathic: When symptoms are present without an identifiable cause (idiopathic), or because of psychological causes (psychogenic), they can be difficult to diagnose.

If you find yourself with a persistent, unidentifiable case of dry mouth, you should make an appointment with us right away! Call our Belmont dentists at (704) 825-3455 or schedule an appointment in just minutes HERE! Figuring out which one is causing your dry mouth is so important because a dry mouth has a big effect on your dental health. Saliva is so important for swishing away bacteria. The dryer the mouth, the more prone you are to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.

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