Three Possible Reasons Why Your Mouth Is Often Dry

Posted on: 20 November 2015

Do you often feel like your mouth is dry and sticky? While dry mouth may seem mostly like a minor annoyance, it puts you at an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Thus, you should do some digging to figure out what is causing your dry mouth, rather than just ignoring it. Here's a look at three conditions that can contribute to chronic dry mouth.

Diabetes

If you have not been diagnosed with diabetes, you should be aware that chronic dry mouth may be an underlying sign of this condition. If you are also suffering from other diabetes symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, weight loss, and frequent urination, talk to your doctor. Treating your diabetes and getting your blood sugar under control is likely to correct your issues with dry mouth.

If you are a diagnosed diabetic, dry mouth is a sign that you may not be regulating your blood sugar very well. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication schedule or diet plan to keep your blood sugar more closely regulated.

Sjorgen's Syndrome

Sjorgen's syndrome is an autoimmune condition that primarily affects the mucous membranes in the mouth, eyes and nose. If your eyes and nose also feel dry on a regular basis, see your dentist or doctor – especially if autoimmune diseases run in your family. Should you be diagnosed with Sjorgen's syndrome, your dentist or doctor can prescribe medications to increase saliva production. Sometimes, a medicated rinse that you use after brushing your teeth may be all you need to address this aspect of the illness.

Medications

Many prescription medications list dry mouth as a possible side effect. Talk to your dentist about any medications you are taking; he or she can let you know if the medications are likely to blame for your condition. Sometimes, your doctor might be able to switch you to another medication that won't have this side effect. When this is not possible, the goal is usually to manage the dry mouth so that it does not lead to tooth decay and gum disease. This is accomplished with saliva-boosting rinses, chewing sugar-free gum during the day, and using nasal strips to ensure you breathe through your nose rather than your mouth at night.

If your mouth is dry often, do not just overlook this symptom and assume it will go away on its own. Talk to your dentist or Aberdeen Dental Arts for more information. The conversation could save your teeth and gums.

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