Are you battling dry mouth? Dry mouth can be one of the most annoying and uncomfortable dental conditions, but it doesn’t have to ruin your plans. Keep reading to discover 8 keys to preventing dry mouth on your own. And if those things don’t work, give us a call to schedule your next appointment with Walden Dentistry in Chandler.
Does your mouth feel dry and sticky when you first wake up in the morning? Do you feel the urge to drink lots of water? Dry mouth can make it hard for you to swallow, chew your food or speak clearly. With a dry mouth your teeth can decay very quickly, and sometimes there are no warning signs for this condition. Untreated dry mouth can also contribute to bad breath, and sometimes others will notice the stale odor.
Dry mouth is a daily problem that makes you feel uncomfortable while you swallow, eat or speak. It is a condition in which you do not produce enough saliva (spit) to keep your mouth feeling wet.
Dry Mouth Symptoms
- Dry or sticky feeling in the mouth like your mouth is stuffed with cotton balls.
- Burning feeling in mouth or tongue and sometimes tongue feels like shoe leather.
- Difficulty or discomfort when chewing, swallowing or speaking.
- Dry lips and throat or mouth sores.
Do You Have Dry Mouth?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you taking one or more prescription drugs on a daily basis?
- Does your mouth feel sticky and dry when you wake up in the morning?
- Do you have difficulty swallowing or speaking?
- Do you sip a lot of water to keep your mouth from feeling dry?
- Does your throat feel dry and does your mouth sometimes burn?
- Does your tongue burn or has it changed to a darker red color?
- Does your tongue sometimes feel as dry as shoe leather?
- Do you sometimes get mouth or tongue sores that will not go away?
Did you answer yes to any of those questions? If so, it’s probably time to give Walden Dentistry a call at (480) 755-1661. Our #1 priority is patient comfort, meaning we’ll do whatever it takes to make your trip to the dentist a surprisingly pleasant one.
8 Things You Can Do To Ease the Pain
- Sip room-temperature water throughout the day and night and carry a water bottle with you at all times.
- Avoid drinking lots of water at an extreme temperature (very hot or very cold).
- Only drink sugarless drinks and avoid carbonated beverages.
- Include a beverage like water during meals. Drink water before, during and after the meal.
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy to stimulate salivary flow.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Both alcoholic beverages and smoking dry out the mouth and make you more susceptible to gum diseases and oral cancer.
- Select an alcohol-free mouth rinse if you’re in the habit of using a mouthwash. Read the label and make sure alcohol is not listed as an ingredient.
- Try using a nighttime humidifier to moisten room air.
Have you already tried these things but still can’t relieve your dry mouth? It may be the cause of a more serious underlying dental condition. Nip dry mouth in the bud by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Walden and his staff in Chandler at (480) 755-1661.
Do you suffer from dry mouth? What have you done to try and relieve the pain? Tell us about it below by adding a quick comment!
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