Dry mouth is an inconvenient and bothersome dental issue that can leave you feeling self-conscious. This is common for many people, so you’re not alone. To help you with this dental issue, our Snowy River Dental team would like to tell you all about the causes of dry mouth. Those causes care:
-Dehydration: This may not be a surprise, but not drinking enough water can leave your mouth dry.
-Being active: Participating in sports and activities is a common cause of dry mouth, especially because athletes tend to breathe through their mouth.
-Tobacco products: Using tobacco products, whether you smoke them or chew them, can cut down your saliva flow and destroy antibodies that fight cavities.
-Alcohol: Alcohol is known to cause dry mouth. You can have dry mouth if you drink alcohol or even if you use an alcohol-based mouthwash.
-Illegal drugs: Illegal drugs, like heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and ecstasy can leave the mouth dry and prone to cavities.
Even though there are many causes of dry mouth, there are also many solutions for it. Those solutions are:
-Drink more water
-Keep up on oral hygiene
-Have a balanced diet and eat regular meals
-Avoid drinking alcohol, carbonated beverages, and caffeine
-Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco
-Avoid eating overly salty products
-Avoid using illegal drugs
-Use artificial saliva if necessary. You can find it at your local pharmacy
-Visit your dentist, Dr. Danton Bradshaw, regularly and ask for tips about how to avoid this issue
If you don’t take care of your dry mouth, there’s a chance you could suffer from cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, burning mouth syndrome, difficulty swallowing, and problems with taste. So, if you’re having trouble identifying the cause of your dry mouth, please call our office today at 208-788-2006 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Danton Bradshaw. We’re happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and help you in any way we can.