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Published: July 10, 2021

What Causes Dry Mouth

Saliva can decrease the quality of your life.

Wait, WHAT?

Who would have thought that this watery substance was so important to live!

Imagine not being able to taste what you are eating and drinking, having this constant tingling or burning sensation in your mouth and aching gums. If you can’t taste your favorite food, what’s the point of living, right? 

So, floss my friend, FLOSS!

Let’s go into a little detail behind your dry mouth:

Understanding the Importance of Saliva

Saliva’s lubricating properties helps maintain a bacteria-free environment in your mouth. It helps you with the frictional movements, such as speaking and normal eating. It also helps erect the main line of defense against tooth decay. One of the biggest benefits of increased saliva is that it helps neutralize acids in your mouth, keeping fungal threats at bay.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Frequent thirst
  • Cracked or chapped lips
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing 
  • Altered or diminished sense of taste
  • Increased need to swallow or drink liquids
  • Hoarseness
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Pale gums
  • Persistent cough
  • Bad breath
  • Dry and cracked corners of mouth
  • Dry nasal passages
  • Mouth sores or ulcers
  • Nausea
  • White tongue ― this is a tell-tale sign of an yeast fungal infection 
  • Tooth decay around the gums 
  • Difficulty wearing dentures
  • Red, gingivitis, bleeding gums, and periodontitis

Causes of Dry Mouth

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Using marijuana
  • Smoking
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Taking tranquilizers
  • Taking certain medications such as appetite suppressants, antidepressants, and antihistamines
  • Aging
  • Botulism poisoning
  • An autoimmune disorder
  • Undergoing radiation therapy

Now that you know what’s causing your mouth to go as dry as the Sahara Desert, let’s talk about how to stimulate saliva:

Home Remedies

  • Brush teeth with a toothpaste with high content of phosphate, calcium, and fluoride
  • Increase water intake and suck on ice after every few hours (This will keep your mouth moist throughout the day)
  • Chew sugar-free gum after every meal
  • Remove your dentures and soak them in a solution of water and 1% bleach to kill any bacterial on them

Visit a Dentist in Chico

Your local Chico dentist will do a full mouth analysis to find the root cause of your dry mouth. The checkup involves inspecting the salivary glands to ensure there are no blockages, both un-stimulated and stimulated salivary flow are measured, and oral tissues are examined to identify if the dryness is due to an infection or a change in physical and mental health.No two dental problems are the same. If the home remedies don’t work, please call your local dentist in Chico, CA. Kremer Dental Care offers general and cosmetic dentistry services. To know more about their services and book an appointment, call on (530) 892-1234.

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