Dry Mouth? This could be why

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Dr. Michael Arnett, DDS

Are you experiencing dry mouth? We all know drinking enough water is good for our health. And when you’re feeling parched, there’s nothing better than a tall drink of ice-cold water to dampen that mouth of yours.
But what do you do when you find yourself constantly needing to wet your whistle?
There are numerous reasons you could be suffering from dry mouth. Below are the top five.

Physiologic
Sometimes having a dry mouth is just a normal part of life. Temporary anxiety, open-mouthed
breathing, mild dehydration, menopause, pregnancy, and decreased saliva due to sleep are all
normal causes of dry mouth.

Prescription medication
Sixty-three percent of the top 200 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. are known to
cause dry mouth. The higher the number of medications a person takes, the higher the
chance.
That’s why as we age, we tend to experience more instances of dry mouth. It’s not necessarily
age-related, but our consumption of medication may cause this side effect.

Habitual use of alcohol and tobacco
Use of any of these products will dry out the oral cavity.
Please drink in moderation, and make sure to up your water intake when you imbibe. As for
tobacco, we always recommend quitting as soon as possible.

Chronic Disease

Diabetes, Sjogren’s disease, Sarcoidosis, Hepatitic C can all cause dry mouth.

When symptoms are present without an identifiable cause (idiopathic), or because of psychological
causes (psychogenic), they can be difficult to diagnose.
If you find yourself with a persistent, unidentifiable case of dry mouth, you should make an
appointment (816) 741-6000.
Figuring out which one is causing your symptoms is so important because a this has a
big effect on your dental health. Saliva is so important for swishing away bacteria.
The dryer the mouth, the more prone you are to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.
We recommend visiting us at Briarcliff Dental Care  for a consultation on what we can do to help you resolve this problem.

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