What Are The Causes Of Dry Mouth?

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Dry mouth can cause discomfort. It makes breathing, speaking and swallowing difficult. The good thing is that it can be fixed. Even though it can be resolved, make sure to visit your dentist for proper evaluation. Bear in mind that the lack of saliva can be a symptom of a medical issue that must be addressed immediately. In this post, let’s talk about some of the possible causes of dry mouth.

Autoimmune Disease

It’s one of the underlying medical conditions that can cause dry mouth. If your mouth is still dry even if you drink more water, then, you might be suffering from a medical condition known as Sjogren’s syndrome. It’s an autoimmune disease that attacks the salivary glands. Other autoimmune diseases can also affect the production of a salivary gland. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis may also cause dry mouth.

The use of sugar-free gum may help. An artificial saliva may also be suggested to increase saliva production.

Medicines

Some prescription drugs are culprits of your dry mouth. Antihistamine and ADD are just two of the many prescription drugs that can cause your mouth to dry. Anti-depressants may lead to dry mouth as well as decongestants. Dry mouth is also a side effect of a pain medication and muscle relaxers. Unfortunately, not all users realize it.

Make sure that you consult your prescribing physician about the side effect of those drugs. He may give you alternatives that won’t cause mouth dryness.

Snoring

Do you snore? If you do, then you’re more likely to suffer from this dental condition. Mouth-breathing is known to leave your mouth dry. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell whether or not you snore, unless you have a bed partner.

If dry mouth occurs in the morning, it can indicate that you have sleep apnea. Thus, it’s vital to visit a sleep specialist to find it out. In this way, your snoring can be monitored and controlled. When it’s controlled, dry mouth can be alleviated.

Smoking

It’s a known fact that smoking can decrease the production of saliva causing dry mouth. Because it’s not a good habit, you should quit smoking. If it’s difficult for you to stop, talk to an addiction specialist who can guide you through this challenging process.

Dehydration

It’s the most common cause. The good thing is that it’s easy to fix it. Not drinking enough water can cause you to be dehydrated. Naturally, you’ll experience dry mouth. If it’s your case, make sure to drink at least two liters of water a day.

Sinus

If you have a deviated septum, you may have difficulty breathing through your nose. As a result, you breathe through your mouth. Check with your doctor to find out if you have a structural issue. Sinus problems can contribute to snoring, which is another cause of dry mouth.

Infection

HIV can cause dry mouth. But it’s not the only virus that causes mouth dryness. If your problem persists, talk to your doctor. Dr. Michael Mabry will investigate your condition and refer you to a physician if necessary.

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