When we don’t produce enough saliva our mouths get dry and uncomfortable .
Some common symptoms include:
- Frequent thirst
- Cracked lips
- Bad breath
- Sore throat
- A sticky feeling in the mouth.
There are several causes of a dry mouth . Smoking, medications, diseases and infections, nerve damage after surgery or Injury to the head in which there is nerve damage, can all cause a dry mouth. Breathing with the mouth open is also a cause. Vomiting and diarrhea can also cause a dry mouth due to dehydration.
A dry mouth can increase the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, mouth infections and thrush, so keeping well hydrated is so important by drinking plenty of fluids. Icey poles are also a great way especially for kids, however keep in mind to avoid the sugary ones. Giving up smoking, adjusting to breathing with mouth closed and staying well hydrated helps in treating a dry mouth. Check with your DR to see if any medications can be changed that may cause a dry mouth and speak to your Dentist as they can advise you on the best way to treat the problem including