What Causes Dry Mouth?

Cosmetic_Dentist“You may think that dry mouth is nothing to be concerned about,” says Dr. Carol Ford, your Phoenix cosmetic dentist, “but  the effects of dry mouth can be painful, serious and permanent.” So it’s important to address this issue. What causes dry mouth and what can you do about it?

Health Conditions

“Dry mouth is often a symptom of a few serious medical conditions,” adds Dr. Ford,  “One of them being Diabetes.” Diabetic patients often complain of being excessively thirsty and having a very dry mouth. High blood pressure and Parkinson’s disease also cause this issue. For patients who have gone through chemotherapy treatment, dry mouth is a very common problem.

Medications

As if your medical troubles weren’t bad enough, the side effects of the drugs prescribed to treat them add to the situation. Antihistamines are designed to reduce your allergy sniffles and stuffy head by drying you out, which includes your mouth. “Certain pain medications, depression drugs, oral acne treatments, and asthma inhalers are also notorious for causing dry mouth,” says Dr. Ford.  Check with your medical doctor if you think this could be the case for you.  Better treatment methods may be available.

Habits

There may not be much you can do about your medical health and treatment, but you CAN avoid bad habits that have a tendency to cause dry mouth. Smoking is a major culprit, as are high sodium diets, drinking alcohol, and heavy caffeine use. Quitting or reducing these bad habits will help relieve dry mouth and improve your health too!

Take Action

The discomfort of a sore or raw tongue, parched throat, sores in the mouth, and cracked skin and lips are no joke. Dry mouth also leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and digestive issues. You can help by brushing twice daily, drinking plenty of water, chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free candies to get your saliva moving.

For people who can’t get relief using the methods mentioned above, your cosmetic dentist or doctor may prescribe medication to stimulate saliva production. If you suffer from dry mouth, schedule your appointment with Dr. Ford right away.

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