If you feel like you are constantly drinking water, your mouth dries out when talking, you get up multiple times a night to sip water you may be suffering from dry mouth due to the hypofunction of your salivary gland. There are many reasons people have a dry mouth but most commonly are medications and disease. Did you know there are over 500 commonly medications that have a negative impaction on the production of saliva?
Dry mouth isn’t just inconvenient or uncomfortable. It also increases your risk for cavities, oral infections, and gingivitis. Your saliva has antibodies specifically designed to inhibit the bacteria that form plaque. That’s why those people with reduced salivary flow have more problems with gum disease and tooth decay, because the bacteria isn’t inhibited by the saliva and the natural antibodies meant to fight them.
There are a number of ways you can fight dry mouth:
- Visit with your doctor
- Dry Mouth Spray
- Sugar free lozenges
- Moisturising mouth rinse for dry mouth
- Mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol
- Chewing sugarless gum
- Oral gel designed to decrease dry mouth
- Decrease caffeine consumption
- Avoid acidic foods
- Eating foods that require a lot of mastication
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Using a humidifier at night
- If you are a smoker, quit
- Breathe through your nose
- Suck on the rind of a lemon
If you are suffering from dry mouth it is important to visit with your doctor and discover the root cause of it. There are many different medical conditions that need prompt medical attention that can cause dry mouth so don’t delay and reach out to an experienced New Jersey dentist immediately.
As always we would love to sit down with you and go over any ways we can help you improve your oral health. If you have been suffering from dry mouth for a while make sure you get in soon so we can assess if you are experiencing more tooth decay due to it dry mouth. It is also very important to visit with your dentist as he may want to see you more that your normally scheduled visits. Give us a call today and we will get you scheduled!