Reasons Why You May Have Dry Mouth

Dr. Russel Roderick | 07.11.2016

Reasons Why You May Have Dry Mouth

Having a dry mouth can be irritating. It makes it difficult to eat or talk and can even lead to nausea. Though, one of the biggest problems with having a dry mouth is the toll it can take on your oral health. Dry mouth can promote gum disease and tooth decay.

If you are always dealing with this issue, then you need to look into the cause of the problem. Keep reading to find out how dehydration, tobacco use, and five other reasons could be responsible:


You could be dehydrated

One potential cause is simply that you are dehydrated. You should try to drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Staying hydrated is not only good for your oral health but also for your overall physical health.


Smoking dries your mouth out

Smoking tobacco can dry out your mouth. When you smoke tobacco, you limit the amount of saliva that your mouth makes and can aggravate the issue.


Certain medications can cause it

There are certain medications that can lead to this condition. Medications that are used to treat anxiety, depression, colds, acne, diarrhea and a wide variety of other illnesses often have the potential to cause it. This is a relatively common side effect of medications.

If you suspect that a medication is the cause of your condition, then talking to your doctor about replacing your prescription with a new medication may help you deal with your dry mouth.


Infections and diseases could be the culprit

When you have an infection or suffer from a particular disease, you may experience a dry mouth. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, strokes, cystic fibrosis, anemia, and other diseases.


Nerve damage may be responsible

Nerve damage can also cause your mouth to dry out. If you have suffered nerve damage after an injury or surgery, then you may have difficulty producing saliva in your mouth.


Breathing with your mouth open

Breathing with your mouth open can also dry your mouth out. Your body is designed to inhale oxygen through your nose, where you can naturally filter the air. When you breathe your nose, you are more likely to experience a dry mouth.


Side effects of medical treatments can cause this condition

Certain medical treatments can lead to a parched mouth. Patients that have undergone chemotherapy treatments or other forms of radiation treatment may end up experiencing a dry mouth.


These are some of the most common causes of dry mouth. If you suspect that any of these issues are the cause of your dry mouth, then try to make changes to reverse the effects. Dry mouth can prevent your mouth from producing saliva. Saliva is needed to fight bacteria and keep your gums and teeth healthy.


If you continue to experience it, then you schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. They may be able to help you determine the cause and come up with a suitable solution.


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