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How to Beat Dry Mouth

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Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that can be caused by a variety of things. From certain medications like diuretics and decongestants to dehydration, smoking, and medical conditions, dry mouth can be uncomfortable and even painful for some. Characterized by a lack of saliva in the mouth, it can lead to difficulty speaking, eating, and even sleeping.

Fortunately, there are ways to combat this condition with ease.

Common Causes

One of the number one causes of dry mouth that we often see in the practice is dehydration. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids during the day is the best way to overcome this. Try keeping a water bottle with you as you work, run errands, and eat meals.

Smoking can also contribute to dry mouth. Taking steps to kick the habit is a good way to reduce your risk of developing the condition.

There are also some medical issues that can cause this condition including Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Treating the underlying condition can often help to alleviate an uncomfortable dry mouth.

There are many ways to keep your mouth moist aside from just drinking plenty of fluids. Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can help to stimulate saliva production. There are also specially formulated mouthwashes and toothpastes that can help to relieve dry mouth-ask us for brand recommendations at your next appointment.

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Don’t let dry mouth keep you from enjoying your life. If you’re suffering, it’s important to book a visit with our team. We can help identify the underlying cause and recommend the best treatment options for you.