It’s normal for your mouth to get dry as a result of nerves or dehydration. However, if your mouth feels exceptionally dry a large percentage of the time, you may have chronic dry mouth. Dry mouth means you aren’t producing enough saliva, which can wash and provide nutrition to your teeth and gums. This can mean other more serious oral problems are in your future too, such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Solving the problem starts with identifying the source. Dr. John P. Poovey and our wonderful staff at JP Dental and Implant Center can help you with the cause of your dry mouth and a fitting course of treatment. Here are some possible causes:
– 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 a dry mouth.
-A Stuffy Nose: Excess oxygen can dry out your mouth, so if you can’t breathe 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 types of medication include dry mouth as a side effect, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication, or sedatives. Read the label on the bottle carefully or call your doctor to see if your particular medication might be the cause of your dry mouth.
While your dry mouth is being treated, here are some temporary solutions to your discomfort:
– Drink more water
– Use a humidifier
– Chew sugar-free gum
– Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking, which aggravate the problem
If you have questions or are ready for treatment, give us a ring in Grand Junction, Colorado at 970-243-2025. We’re here to help.