The Most Common Causes of Dry Mouth

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Dry mouth is considered a common condition that can happen to anyone. It can cause great discomfort as it makes speaking and swallowing difficult, not to mention that it also could lead to gum disease and other dental problems.

One of the most common causes of dry mouth problems is due to medications. These medications include anti-depressants, antihistamines and medications that are prescribed for heart and blood pressure conditions. Medications for allergies, colds and sinuses are also possible causes for dry mouth. The side effects of these medications could lead to mouth dryness immediately, or in due time. It would be advisable to look for other alternatives or another kind of medication that would not cause this problem.

The kind of life style you have could also be one of the causes of having dry mouth. If you don’t drink plenty of water as required by healthy standards, the bigger the chances of you having this problem are. Liquids most especially water help maintain the mucous membranes hydrated. You must also stay away from drinking too much alcohol and coffee as they contain substances that could cause your mouth to dry out.

The saliva has also something to do with dry mouth problems. If you don’t produce enough saliva then your mouth becomes dry and often results in bad breath.

If you are weak and over- fatigued due to stress, your mouth becomes dry as well. Your immune system becomes weak and you get sick. The dryness of your mouth is due to loss of healthy nutrients caused by bad diet and unhealthy life style.

Medical conditions can also cause dry mouth problems. Diabetes is a probable cause of dry mouth problems.  Frequent urination causes the person to be thirsty all the time and experience dryness of the mouth. Other medical conditions include stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, endocrine disorders, depression or stress, anxiety problems, nerve injury on the head or neck that affect salivary glands. There is also the Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease causing dry mouth and dryness of eyes as well.

Dry mouth could also be due to dehydration or residing in a depleted humidity environment. You can reduce this problem by drinking more water and you can install humidifiers in your home to increase the right level of humidity needed.

Fortunately, there are good ways to reduce dry mouth problems. You just need to live a healthy life style- drinking more water each day, avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol, good oral and dental care, reduce stress in your life, eat healthy and exercise to keep your immune system strong.

You can also chew sugarless gum to keep your saliva on a high production level. Most of all, if you are experiencing this problem go to your doctor to get proper medical advice and treatment. You can ask for other type of medications if you have other medical conditions and ask for a good mouth wash to keep your mouth fresh and clean.

The word for dry mouth in Danish is Mundtørhed om natten and if you want to learn more about it or some ways to treat it, visit this website. Although it is in Danish you can use Google Translator for help. More about dry mouth and the problem is causes you can read here.


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