Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Mouth Get Too Dry

Having a dry mouth is annoying and uncomfortable.  There are many causes of dry mouth including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even cancer treatments. Tobacco use is another big contributor to dry mouth. Many people don’t realize that certain medications can cause dry mouth, too. Certain drugs used to treat depression or anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and even high blood pressure can cause your mouth to be dry. Not only is having a dry mouth an annoyance, it can also lead to gum disease. Older people frequently suffer from dry mouth but it isn’t necessarily age related.  It’s more likely due to other health issues that require medications, which in turn cause dry mouth.

Diabetes often causes chronic dry mouth, which occurs when blood sugars are higher than normal. When this occurs, ketones lose fluid or not enough saliva is produced to keep your mouth moist. This can cause severe dehydration and dry mouth as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing food. Additionally, dry mouth and nose may be the early warning sign of an associated autoimmune disease, such as Crohn’s or Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that attacks glands that produce mucous. Furthermore, patients with HIV are also much more prone to getting dry mouth.

Why Should I Be Concerned?

The reason dry mouth and chapped lips are not just annoying and uncomfortable but a heath concern is that saliva washes away plaque bacteria and people suffering from xerostomia need to pay especially close attention to their daily oral health.

The key to good oral health begins at home; brush and floss twice daily. Proper diet and nutrition are also essential in preserving a healthy mouth and healthy body too!

Regular dentist visits are also important for the prevention of gum disease. Your dentist can remove tartar, which is plaque buildup that can irritate the gums and lead to tooth loss, dry mouth and bad breath. Seriously consider a visit to your dentist soon if you haven’t recently.

If you’re a tobacco user, consider cutting back or stopping altogether. We know it’s never easy to break a habit even when we know it’s bad for us but we only get one set of teeth and they’ll thank you for taking better care of them.

If your dry mouth is caused by medication, talk with your medical professional about the possibility of changing medications. There may be alternatives you can take that may reduce the symptoms of your dry mouth.

Prevent Gum Disease

We know constantly having a dry mouth isn’t fun and can be especially prevalent in the winter or colder months, but we hope these tips will help lead you to a happier and healthier mouth. Also, keeping on top of your oral health and watching for signs of gum disease can benefit you in the long run. Early treatment of your gum disease can preserve your smile and teeth.

Your health matters to us. If you have any questions concerning this post or an issue you’re having with dry mouth, call us at (248) 357-3100 today. We’re always happy to hear from our awesome patients!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.