Saliva is an important part of oral health. It cleans the mouth and aids in digestion. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling the bacteria and fungi in the oral cavity. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva production. Talk to Dr. Natanael Repta if you have any of the following symptoms:
– A dry, sticky feeling in the mouth
– Sores in the mouth
– Split skin or sores at the corners of your mouth
– Cracked lips
– Frequent thirst
– A dry feeling in the throat
– A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth, especially on the tongue
– A dry, raw, red tongue
– Problems speaking, tasting, chewing, or swallowing
– Sore throat, hoarseness, or dry nasal passages
– Bad breath
There are many ways to relieve dry mouth. To stimulate your saliva flow, chew sugar-free gum or eat sugar-free hard candy. Limit the intake of caffeine, as this can make your mouth dryer. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, as the alcohol can dry out your mouth further. Instead, try using a mouthwash that is designed for dry mouth. If you smoke or chew tobacco, try your best to kick the habit. Drink water regularly. Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth can also help reduce dry mouth. If needed, take over-the-counter saliva substitutes. Do not use over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can make your symptoms worse. Also, consider using a room humidifier at night.
For more advice about dry mouth, talk to our dentist in Riddle, Oregon. Contact Smiles Dental today and we will be happy to schedule your next appointment.