Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth: Overview

Saliva is needed in order to moisten our mouths, help digest food, swallow, clean our mouths and control growths of bacteria and fungus in the mouth.

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Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Sores inside the mouth
  • Sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry throat
  • Sore throat
  • Burning or tingling of the tongue and/or mouth
  • A dry/red/raw tongue
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty tasting
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarse voice
  • Dry nasal passages

Treatment and Prevention

Consider taking the following steps:

  • Investigate and try to eliminate underlying medical conditions
  • Try to replace or reduce medications that may be causing dry mouth
  • Use an oral rinse to restore mouth moisture
  • Use a medication that stimulates saliva production
  • Suck on candies or chew gum (preferably sugar-free
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Protect your teeth through proper brushing and regular dentist visits
  • Breath through your nose, not your mouth
  • Avoid dry air, use a vaporizer to add moisture the air
  • Use an artificial saliva substitute.

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Dry Mouth:

Symptoms - Food - Beverages

Symptoms - Head - Mouth/Oral

Counter-indicators

Conditions that suggest Dry Mouth:

Dental

Periodontal Disease - Gingivitis

Saliva helps fight the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Digestion

Infections

Yeast / Candida Infection

Oral thrush thrives more easily in a dry mouth.

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Risk factors for Dry Mouth:

Addictions

Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smoking or chewing tobacco can reduce saliva production.

Aging

Allergy

Autoimmune

Circulation

Diet

Drug Side-Effect

Chemotherapy Side-Effects

Radiation can damage the salivary glands and reduce the amount of saliva produced.

(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects

Hundreds of drugs list dry mouth as a possible side-effect.  Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants are among the drugs that can cause dry mouth.

Immunity

Infections

Metabolic

Musculo-Skeletal

Organ Health

Supplements, Medications, Drugs

Methamphetamine use

'Meth Mouth' is involves an excessively dry mouth ('cotton mouth'); cavities; decaying or rotting teeth; brittle or loose teeth; tooth cracking and breakage; and eventual tooth loss.

Dry Mouth suggests the following may be present:

Autoimmune

Immunity

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