Dry mouth is an inconvenient and annoying issue that haunts many. If you are a victim of dry mouth, our Pipestone Dental Center team would like to help you so you can have a better and more convenient life.
First, it’s best to identify the cause of your dry mouth. The cause could be one or more of the following things:
-Dehydration: Not drinking enough water can dry out your mouth.
-Being active: Because athletes inhale mostly through the mouth, intensive exercise can cause dry mouth.
-Tobacco products: Smoking and chewing tobacco are notorious for causing dry mouth. This is the case because they cut down your saliva flow and destroy cavity-fighting antibodies.
-Alcohol: If you drink alcohol or even use an alcohol-based mouthwash, your mouth could be left dry and irritated.
-Illegal drugs: Illegal drugs, like heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines can leave the mouth dry and vulnerable to tooth decay.
Now that you know the cause of your dry mouth, it’s time to eliminate it. You can wash dry mouth away by doing the following things:
-Drink more water
-Keep up on oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing daily
-Eat regular meals and keep a balanced diet
-Avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages
-Avoid eating overly salty foods
-Avoid using illegal drugs
-If necessary, use artificial saliva. It can be found at your local pharmacy
-Visit your office regularly and ask for advice
For more information and details, please remember that our dental team is here to help you. All you need to do is dial 507-825-5403 and we’ll do our best to help you have the great smile and oral health you deserve. We look forward to hearing from you!