Prevention Of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is considered a common problem when it comes to our daily hygiene. It is a condition were our mouth lacks enough saliva, thereby you may feel dryness and get in secured to talk to others because it creates smell in your mouth. People with diabetes, lupus, sicca syndrome usually experienced dry mouth problem during night sleep because they breathe through their mouth. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn how to prevent dry mouth whereas sleeping and find some relief?
If you suffer from the dry mouth you’re not alone. While estimates vary widely, it’s safe to say millions of people experience dry mouth at some point. Not only is it annoying and often painful, but chronic dry mouth can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease if untreated.
The Causes and Signs of Dry Mouth
First, you need to understand the causes and symptoms of dry mouth. Saliva is a natural part of the digestive system that helps break down foods and rinses the mouth of bacteria, it is a healthy drink for your mouth and tooth. Saliva contains calcium and phosphorous that teeth absorb and also it acts as a lubricant to our mouth. Dry mouth (Xerostomia) is characterized by a lack of saliva. This lack of saliva can cause difficulty tasting, chewing, swallowing and even speaking. Without saliva, or without an appropriate amount, bacteria can stick to the teeth and create tooth decay, which can lead to infections in the mouth and even tooth loss.
But dry mouth isn’t a disease in itself; the dry mouth is a symptom of other conditions. It can be caused by medication use, smoking, radiation treatment, aging, cracked lips, rough tongue, frequent thirst, dry feeling in the throat, tingling sensation in the mouth and especially in the tongue and even diseases such as diabetes or Parkinson’s. The most common symptoms of dry mouth include feeling thirsty, having a dry, sticky mouth, chapped lips, burning/tingling in your mouth and bad odor, undergoing radiation therapy on your neck or head.
How To Prevent Dry Mouth
Following tips can be followed in order to prevent dry mouth
- Sucking on ice cubes
- Breathing through your nose instead of the mouth
- Drink more water and stay hydrated
- Chew sugar-free gum, it helps increase saliva
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
- Use mouthwashes, rinses and/or toothpaste designed for dry mouth
- Use an artificial saliva product, either over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor or dentist
- Avoid acidic or spicy foods which can make it worse
- Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake, especially at night
- Quit smoking
- Talk to your doctor about any mouth breathing or snoring
- Keep your good oral hygiene habits to reduce the chance of bacteria growth, cavities, and gum disease.
Prevent Dry mouth: Home and Natural Remedies
If you are worried about your dry mouth problem, don’t worry, it is not at all possible for everyone who suffers from dry mouth problem to go and soon take the consultation from the doctors. Maybe some can’t afford that price. So here are some suggestions about how to cure your dry mouth problem. Some home and natural remedies. Here it is:
- Aloe vera: The Main purpose of aloe vera is to moisturize, applying the gel in your mouth helps to get rid out of that
- Ginger: Ginger is a well-known herbal sialagogue. It stimulates the production of saliva
- Sweet pepper: Sweet peppers promote salivation
At night, have water and/or ice chips available beside your bed in case you awake parched
Suffering from dry mouth? Contact All Smiles Dental Spa today as part of your oral health plan and share with him or her your health history including medications you are taking.
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