What is Dry Mouth?
Dry Mouth means you don’t have enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Now and then, we all suffer from a dry mouth – when we are upset, under stress, or nervous. This is normal. But if you notice your mouth is not moist most of the time, that could indicate that you have Dry Mouth.
Saliva plays an important role in keeping your mouth and body healthy. It aids in digestion, protects your teeth from dental decay, helps control the bacteria in your mouth and is the reason you are able to chew and swallow. If you don’t have enough saliva to keep your mouth moist, it can be very uncomfortable and could be a sign of a medical condition.
Your salivary glands are responsible for producing saliva. There are many reasons why they might not be functioning properly, such as:
How Do You Know If You Have Dry Mouth?
Symptoms of Dry Mouth include:
Dr Linc Shares His Tips for Treating a Dry Mouth:
If your dry mouth is caused by medication, you may be able to change your prescription or dosage. Check with your general doctor. If your salivary glands are not functioning correctly, you may be able to take medicine that helps your salivary glands produce more saliva.
If you cannot change medication or take medicine, you may be able to restore the moisture in your mouth through the following methods: