Saliva is an important part of oral health. Saliva cleanses the mouth, aids in digestion, and prevents infection by controlling the bacteria and fungi in the mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva production. Talk to Dr. Dr. Quinn Martin if you have any of the following symptoms:
– Sores in the mouth
– Split skin or sores at the corners of the mouth
– Cracked lips
– A dry, sticky feeling in your mouth
– Frequent thirst
– A dry feeling in your throat
– A tingling sensation in your mouth, especially on your tongue
– A dry, raw, red tongue
– Issues with speaking, tasting, chewing, or swallowing
– Sore throat, hoarseness, or dry nasal passages
– Bad breath
There are many things you can do to relieve dry mouth. Chew sugar-free gum or eat sugar-free hard candy to stimulate your saliva flow. Limit the intake of caffeine, as this can make your mouth dryer. Avoid mouthwashes that have alcohol in them, as the alcohol can dry out your mouth. Instead, try using a mouthwash that is designed for dry mouth. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Drinking water regularly can help increase the moisture in your mouth. Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth can also help reduce dry mouth. If needed, take over-the-counter saliva substitutes. Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can worsen your symptoms. Also, consider using a room humidifier at night.
For more advice about dry mouth, talk to our dentist in Lebanon, Oregon. Contact Smiles Dental today and we will be happy to schedule your next appointment.