Dry mouth is very common health condition that occurs frequently for the people who lack in production of saliva in salivary glands.
It is caused when the salivary glands do not produce enough moisture to keep mouth wet. Saliva helps the mouth to naturally combat the acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Mostly in senior person or people who take lot of medicines will generally have this dry mouth syndrome. Sjogren's syndrome, infection, nerve problems and some cancer treatments are the causes for dry mouth and this is mainly seen in nights. Dry mouth syndrome is also called xerostomia. Cancer treatment - radiotherapy (radiation therapy) to the head and neck can damage the salivary glands, resulting in less saliva being produced. Chemotherapy can alter the nature of the saliva, as well as how much of it the body produces.
1. Don't use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying.
2. Sip water regularly.
3. Saliva is important to maintain the health of your teeth and mouth. If you frequently have a dry mouth, taking these steps to protect your oral health may also help your condition.
4. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste. Ask your dentist if you might benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste.
5. Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.
6. Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
7. Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva.
8. For some people, xylitol, which is often found in sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies, may cause diarrhea or cramps if consumed in large amounts.
9. Avoid sugary or acidic foods and candies because they increase the risk of tooth decay.
10. Visit your dentist at least twice yearly to detect and treat tooth decay or other dental problems.
This is not too dangerous however when you start neglecting any small disorder, it continues to disease and finally leads to death. We want your health to be properly taken care. Happy Sleeping.