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Dry MouthDry mouth

This is characterized by a condition wherein there is lack of enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. You can experience a dry mouth when you are upset, stressed or nervous. But if you mostly have a dry mouth, it can be very uncomfortable and may cause serious health conditions.

Dry mouth can lead to difficulties in chewing, tasting, speaking or swallowing. It can increase your risk for tooth decay as well as other mouth infections. Dry mouth can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition or can be caused as a result of some medical treatments or medications. If you experience persistent dry mouth, consult a professional dentist at Brighton Implant Clinic as soon as possible.

Symptoms

The symptoms of this condition include cracked lips, dry or sticky feeling in your mouth and a dry feeling in your throat. Dry mouth can also contribute to trouble swallowing, chewing, speaking or tasting. A common symptoms is also a burning sensation in the mouth.

People experience dry mouth when the mouth glands that produce saliva do not work properly. This results in lack of enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. The reasons these salivary glands may not work properly include radiation therapy, side effects of certain medications, chemotherapy, nerve damage and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.

What to do if you have a dry mouth?

If you have a dry mouth, consider doing the following:

  • Sip sugarless drinks or water often
  • Sip a sugarless drink or water during meals. This makes swallowing or chewing easier.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, such as tea, coffee, and certain sodas, which can dry out your mouth
  • Don’t use alcohol or tobacco as they cause dry mouth
  • Chew sugarless gum to stimulate the flow of saliva
  • Make use of a humidifier at night
  • Try to avoid salty or spicy foods as they may result in pain in a dry mouth
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