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Dry Mouth


DRY MOUTH

When we don’t produce enough saliva our mouths get dry and uncomfortable .

Some common symptoms  include:

  • Frequent thirst
  • Cracked lips
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • A sticky feeling in the mouth.

There are several causes of a dry mouth . Smoking, medications, diseases and infections, nerve damage after surgery or Injury to the head in which there is nerve damage, can all cause a dry mouth. Breathing with the mouth open is also a cause.  Vomiting and diarrhea can also cause a dry mouth due to dehydration.

A dry mouth can increase the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, mouth infections and thrush, so keeping well hydrated is so important by drinking plenty of fluids. Icey poles are also a great way especially for kids, however keep in mind to avoid the sugary ones. 

Giving up smoking, adjusting to breathing with mouth closed and staying well hydrated helps in treating a dry mouth.  Check with your DR to see if any medications can be changed that may cause a dry mouth and speak to your Dentist as they can advise you on the best way to treat the problem including 
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