Beat Dry Mouth With Your Dentist in Palos Heights
It is safe to say that not only every patient of your dentist in Palos Heights but probably every person, in general, has experienced dry mouth at some point in time. And while a dry mouth, known medically as xerostomia, can be seemingly no big deal, it could lead to or be a sign of serious oral health issues.
For that very reason, today your dentist in Palos Heights wanted to clue you in on some of the possible causes of dry mouth, related conditions and ways to treat it!
So what can cause dry mouth?
- Mouth breathing: sleeping with your mouth open is a very popular, but potentially dangerous habit. Breathing through the mouth at night can dehydrate the mouth, which can actually lead to instances of teeth decay and worse. This habit could also correlate with sleep apnea and other sleep problems.
- Cigarettes: the ingredients in tobacco cause the salivary glands to produce less and less saliva. Could result in bad breath or the above issues related to a lack of saliva in the mouth.
- Medications: many popular medicines, including those for high blood pressure, decongestants, painkillers and more have dry mouth listed as a side effect.
- Caffeine: too much coffee, tea, soda and similar caffeinated beverages can dehydrate the mouth.
What conditions or issues can be related to dry mouth?
- Dry, cracking lips and tongue.
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking.
- Uncomfortable overall mouth feel.
- Frequent bad breath.
- Tooth decay, gum disease.
How can one solve their bad breath issue?
- Drink plenty of water throughout your day. 8 (8) oz glasses is ideal for most adults.
- Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate the salivary glands.
- Drinks less caffeinated beverages, use fewer tobacco products, take medications with plenty of water.
- Use a mouthwash that doesn’t include alcohol (which can also dry the mouth) but one that may contain xylitol, like sugarless gum, to help produce saliva.
If you suffer from a chronic dry mouth and have tried some of the above steps to no avail, maybe a visit to your dentist in Palos Heights is in order. Call our office today to schedule an appointment at (708) 403-9848.