We all know that our mouth undergoes alot of problems. As mentioned previously this part of our body is the one that gets directly affected by what we eat or drink or consume. There are many problems that our mouth has to go through. Problems such as stained teeth or bad breath are very common but then there is one more problem that is very common among us, its the Dry Mouth also called as xerostomia.
Dry Mouth is a condition when we do not have enough saliva flow inside our mouth. Saliva is required to moisten our mouth and digest food and it also prevents our mouth from infections because it helps in controlling the bacterial growth. A dry mouth is not just dry but it is also uncomfortable.
The common causes for Dry Mouth are as follows:-
- Medications: As humans many medicines do not suit us. The side effects of medicine causes dry mouth. Drugs that are used to treat Depression, Anxiety, Pain, Allergies, Obesity, Acne, Epilepsy and many more. Certain muscle relaxants and sedatives also causes Dry Mouth.
- Because of disease and infections: HIV, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s Disease also have a side effect on mouth leading to Dry Mouth.
- Effects of Medical Treatment: Whenever we undergo any kind of medical treatment which involves any sort of radiation therapy, there is a possibility that our salivary glands get damaged. So treatments such as Chemotherapy can lead to dry mouth.
- Nerve Damage: Any sort of accident or injury that has had a direct impact on our nerves of head and neck area, can also lead to dry mouth
- Dehydration: Dehydration can be caused due to fever, vomitting, sweating, blood loss and these conditions can lead to dry mouth.
- Our Lifestyle: Our lifestyle involves eating of tobacco and smoking and these two are alone enough to give you dry mouth.
How to detect Dry Mouth:
There are multiple way to detect dry mouth. Infact it is one such condition where-in a little attention to your mouth can tell you whether you are suffering from dry mouth or not. Pay attention to these details:
- Sticky, dry feeling in your mouth.
- You feel thirsty regularly.
- You have sores in mouth; or even split skin at the corners of your mouth or cracked lips.
- Dry throat.
- You feel a burning sensation on your tongue.
- Dry, red and raw tongue.
- Bad Breath.
- Dry Nasal Passages.
Is there any way to increase the saliva flow? The answer is yes. Just follow these simple procedures and you will be able to avoid dry mouth problems:
- Chew sugar free gums.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Dont breath from mouth.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Quit Smoking and chewing tobacco.
Mouth is a sensitive area and all disease will start off pretty easily if your mouth is not healthy. So its time to take your stand and keep your mouth healthy. Keep Smiling 🙂