Many people occasionally experience dry mouth. This condition can be quite embarrassing, especially for people who deal with others in their professions or those who interact with many people in the course of their day. This condition can cause bad breath, which can make it extremely difficult to interact with people. For some people, dry mouth is an occasional experience, and for others, it’s an ongoing problem.
Causes of Dry Mouth
When the salivary glands aren’t functioning as they should, your mouth becomes dry. Medication such as chemotherapy drugs, antihistamines, decongestants, and muscle relaxants can cause dry mouth. Some people experience dry mouth despite the fact that they have properly functioning salivary glands. Adequate production of saliva is enough to cure dry mouth. This condition can cause bacterial and fungal infections in the mouth. Saliva contains antibodies and enzymes that help to regulate PH and acidity levels in the mouth. It also helps to prevent tooth decay. Inadequate production of saliva may lead to dry mouth, which is often a sign of an underlying infection or health problem.
Consequences of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can be uncomfortable and lead to bad breath, which is embarrassing. It may also be an indication of certain health complications including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, tumors, HIV/AIDS, and salivary gland stones. Vitamin deficiency also causes dry mouth both during the day and at night. Lack of vitamins in the body may cause your tongue and mouth to become sore, which may lead to a burning sensation whenever you eat spicy or acidic foods. Another common cause of dry mouth is breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. Leaving your mouth open throughout the night can cause it to dry up. Dehydration is another common cause of dry mouth. Insufficient water intake can cause the salivary glands to produce inadequate saliva.
Robert Chester, DDS specializes in diagnosing and treating dry mouth. Call or visit our office today for an evaluation.