It’s normal for your mouth to become dry when you are nervous or dehydrated. Just drink water and the problem will be resolved. However, your find yourself needing to wet your mouth constantly, you may have chronic dry mouth, which can lead to other more serious oral problems such as gum disease or tooth decay.
The treatment of dry mouth is reliant upon its cause. Dr. Brian Frandsen and our wonderful staff at Frandsen Dental can help you establish the cause of your dry mouth and a suitable course of treatment. A dry mouth can be caused by:
– Sjögren’s Syndrome: This is a medical condition in which your immune system attacks your salivary glands.
– Radiation Therapy: One side effect of radiation may be a dry mouth.
– Diabetes: The high blood glucose levels in one’s saliva that can happen when someone has diabetes can lead to dry mouth.
– A Stuffy Nose or Sinus Infection: When you are forced to breathe through your mouth while sleeping, you can wake up with a dry mouth.
– Medications: Many kinds of medications include dry mouth as a side effect, like antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication, drugs that treat Parkinson’s disease, drugs that treat cramps, antipsychotics, or sedatives. Check the label on the bottle or with your doctor to see if your particular medication might be the cause of your dry mouth.
Meanwhile, there are things you can do at home to keep your mouth moist. Drink more water, use a humidifier, chew sugar free gum, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
If you have questions or are ready for treatment, give us a ring in West Jordan, Utah at 801-890-0030. We’re here to help.