Coping with Dry Mouth

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Do you have a hard time chewing, talking, or swallowing? Do you have a change in taste in your mouth and bad breath? If so, these are all conditions of dry mouth, a common condition where saliva production is decreased by the salivary glands in the mouth. In addition dry mouth may also cause the following:

–Dryness in the mouth and throat
–Thick or stringy saliva
–Difficulty wearing dentures
–Increase in tooth decay
–Gum disease or irritate, red, or swollen gums

Saliva is necessary to a healthy mouth, as it neutralizes acids produced by bacteria and limits bacterial growth. It also washes away food particles and helps you to swallow. It enhances your ability to taste while helping your digestion. To help you relieve dry mouth, you can do the following:

–Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies.
–Cut back on caffeine consumption.
–Cut back on alcohol consumption, and use a non-alcohol mouthwash such as ACT Total Care Dry Mouth Rinse.
–Limit over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants which can worsen your symptoms.
–Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco.
–Avoid breathing through the mouth, and use a room air humidifier while you sleep.
–Sip water frequently throughout the day.

If these solutions don’t make a difference, see Dr. Yong Eon Park to rule out other conditions. If you are on medications and dry mouth is causing you problems, you may need to stop or change your medication or alter the dosage. You will also want to rule out any underlying health issue. If you have any questions or concerns, give our Bright Dental Care team a call at 661.588.2772 today!