Waking up with a dry mouth can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose waking up with a dry mouth, we could:
|Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences||16%||Unlikely|
|General Toxicity||2%||Ruled out|
|Mercury Toxicity||0%||Ruled out|
|Stomach Ulcers||0%||Ruled out|
|Cigarette Smoke Damage||0%||Ruled out|
|Sleep Apnea||0%||Ruled out|
How often do you wake up with a dry mouth? Do not include dry mouth that is caused by sleeping with your mouth open for known physical reasons such as nasal obstruction, a skeletal defect, or abnormally large tonsils.
Possible responses:→ Never / almost never / don't know
→ I sleep open-mouthed for a known physical reason
→ Occasionally - once a month or less
→ Regularly - a few times a month
→ Usually or always
Without sufficient saliva, oral bacteria are not washed away. This often leads to bad breath.
Bad Breath (Halitosis) also suggests the following possibilities:
The acetone resulting from a state of ketosis escapes through the lungs – giving Atkins Diet followers, for example, what one weight-loss expert calls "rotten-apple breath." [Health 19 (1996): p.102] The other ketones have to be excreted by the kidneys. In a study funded by Dr. Atkins himself, most of the people that could stick with the diet reported headaches and halitosis (bad breath).
A medical study conducted in 2007 found a strong association between tonsilloliths and bad breath. Among those with bad breath, 75% of the subjects had tonsilloliths while only 6% of subjects with normal breath had tonsilloliths.
A dry mouth can increase your risk of developing gum disease. The lack of saliva allows bacteria to stick to teeth and gums, rather than being washed away.
The lack of saliva in a dry mouth allows bacteria to stick to teeth and gums, rather than being washed away.
Susceptibility To Cavities also suggests the following possibilities:
Phosphorus is just as important for healthy teeth as calcium. Without sufficient phosphorus, your body can not properly utilize the calcium that you consume.