Dry Mouth Symptoms

Published: 22nd March 2010
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Dry mouth is an affliction characterized by certain symptoms. The label simplifies the condition to make it easier to reference but it is a lot more than just having your mouth dry. The symptoms that characterize this dental condition follow along with a number of conditions that may be the cause of it.



Sometimes the best ways to fix a dry mouth are to not let it get dried out in the first place. While this is not always possible, for many people these simple prevention tips will be all that is necessary to prevent or eliminate this problem. Here are two simple yet often effective ways to avoid having a dry mouth.



Dehydration and dry mouth symptoms go together. It's an obvious cause and effect that if your body is lacking water then your mouth, being a part of your body, would be dry too. And dehydration can be caused by a number of conditions and circumstances.



Vomiting, diarrhea, fever, excessive sweating, and inadequate fluid intake are a few of the possible causes of dehydration. The way to remedy these causes of dehydration and the resulting symptoms is simply to drink more water. If an illness is involved then that will have to be taken care of too.



Does Dry Mouth Lead To More Bacteria In Your Mouth?



So does dry mouth help bacteria to multiply? The simple answer is yes. Dry mouth encourages this process. In fact, this condition does not just increase the multiplication of bacteria a little. It can increase this process until bacteria are multiplying into the billions. This means that the stage is set for bad breath because you have dryness of the mouth.



What are some of the early signs of dry mouth?



o The dentist and/or dental hygienist may detect one of the earliest signs, even before the patient is aware of having dry mouth. He or she may observe the amount of saliva pooled under/around the tongue during dental procedures. Little or no pooling may indicate the patient is beginning to have dry mouth.



o Dental decay located at the necks of teeth next to the gums or on the chewing edges of the teeth, which may also be first noticed by a dental professional.



Since early diagnosis is imperative, you might ask your dental professional if they notice any of the above warning signs.



There are several ways to help prevent dry mouth and increase saliva production, some include:



1. Proper fluid intake



2. Sucking on candy or chewing gum



3. Using a vaporizer or Humidifier in the winter



4. Using an over the counter saliva substitute



Prescription medication for dry mouth is available, and is often prescribed by dentists, or by medical specialists who are treating the underlying causes of xerostomia. Some of the prescribed drugs are specifically targeted at known causes, for instance, if the xerostomia is caused by radiation for cancer, a radioprotectant drug may be used. Some other drugs simply stimulate the salivary glands to work harder, so it's important to choose a prescription medication for dry mouth with the help of an experienced professional.



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