If you are dehydrated or nervous, your mouth can become dry. That’s normal. Drink some water and the problem will be solved. However, if this happens consistently, it may be a sign of an underlying issue that should be addressed. It can also be the cause of other oral problems, like tooth decay or gum disease.
Dr. Anthony Foster and our capable staff at Foster Dental can help you determine the cause and an appropriate course of treatment. The treatment of dry mouth is dependent upon its cause. A dry mouth can be caused by:
– Sjögren’s Syndrome: In this condition, your immune system attacks your salivary glands.
– Radiation Therapy: If you’ve had head or neck radiation therapy, your mouth may be dry.
– Diabetes: The high blood sugar levels in one’s saliva that are common in diabetes can lead to dry mouth.
– Medications: Many kinds of medications include dry mouth as a side effect. Antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication, drugs that treat Parkinson’s disease, drugs that threat cramps, antipsychotics, or sedatives may all be examples of this. Check the label or with your doctor to see if your particular medication might be the cause of your dry mouth.
– A Stuffy Nose or Sinus Infection: When your nose is stuffed up, you breathe through your mouth. This can cause it to dry out.
Meanwhile, there are things you can do at home to keep your mouth moist, such as drinking more water, using a humidifier, chewing sugar-free gum, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and smoking.
If you have questions, feel free to call us in Brooklyn, New York at 718-673-8060. We’re here to help.