It’s standard for your mouth to get arid as a result of nerves or dehydration. If your mouth feels remarkably dry a large proportion of the time, you may have chronic dry mouth. That means your salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva, which can wash away bacteria and provide nutrition to your teeth and gums. This can also mean other more serious oral problems are in your future, such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Solving the issue begins with spotting the source. Dr. Gloria Stingley and our wonderful staff at Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. can aid you in the cause of your dry mouth and provide the right treatment. Here are some possible reasons for it:
– Sjögren’s Syndrome: Sjögren’s Syndrome occurs when your immune system attacks and damages your salivary glands.
– Diabetes: Diabetes means you have high blood glucose levels – including in your saliva. The sugar can create dry mouth.
– A Stuffy Nose: Excess oxygen can dry out your mouth, so if you can’t breath through your nose, your mouth can fail to be sufficiently moist for a time.
– Radiation Therapy: One side effect of radiation may be a dry mouth.
– Medications: Many categories of medication list dry mouth as a side effect. A few examples are antidepressants, blood pressure medication, and sedatives. There are many more. Read the label on the bottle of your medication carefully and research its side effects to determine if dry mouth might be one of them. If you have concerns, call the doctor that prescribed it.
Before your problem can be solved, here are some provisional solutions for any discomfort:
– Use a humidifier while sleeping.
– Chew sugar free gum to activate your salivary glands.
– Sip water throughout the day to moisten your mouth.
– Alcohol, caffeine and smoking can worsen the issue, so avoid them as much as possible.
If you have questions or would like to be treated for chronic dry mouth, please phone us in Norcross, Georgia at 770-662-5955. We’re here to help you and your smile!