Dry mouth is one of the most common oral health problems. It is caused by a lack of salvia or by not having sufficient salvia in the mouth. Salvia is incredibly important to overall oral health as it prevents bacteria formation, infections and sores. To treat and relieve dry mouth, it’s important to first understand the common causes of dry mouth.
There are multiple conditions that lead to dry mouth. Certain medications, both prescription and nonprescription drugs, list dry mouth as a common side effect. Medications associated with depression, allergies, pain, epilepsy, asthma, acne and more have listed dry mouth as one of their main side effects.
Dry mouths can be associated with medical conditions and illnesses, such as diabetes. The condition can also be associated with seasonal illnesses such as allergies and sinus infections. For example, springtime allergies are a common culprit for dry mouth throughout the months of March, April and May. Dehydration and lifestyle factors are other common causes of dry mouth.
Following good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly are great ways to prevent or improve the symptoms of dry mouth. Overall, the main way to relieve dry mouth is by increasing salvia production.
Sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum both help stimulate saliva flow. Staying hydrated is another way to keep the mouth moist, and avoiding mouth-drying foods like crackers, toast and chips. If none of these methods work, the dentist can prescribe an oral rinse or spray to help relieve dry mouth symptoms.
Dry mouth is annoying, but doesn’t have to be forever. By recognizing the potential causes and following the best oral hygiene practices, a dry mouth can usually be cured.
If you have questions about dry mouth, contact Jackson Dental or book an appointment with us by calling (573) 243-5200, or stopping by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo. to get an appointment scheduled.