Do you notice your mouth becoming excessively dry throughout the day? Maybe your mouth is particularly dry right after you wake up. Either way, it can be quite frustrating to deal with. There is no definitive way to correct dry mouth until you know what’s causing it. Here, we’ve compiled a list of commons causes and a few ways to combat them.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum or Mints
- Drink Plenty of Water
- Evaluate Your Sleep
- Discuss Your Discomfort with Our Team
Chewing sugar-free gum increases the production of saliva by your salivary glands. If you’re not much of a gum-chewer, try sugar-free mints to combat the dryness. But make sure your choices are sugar-free, as you can do more harm than good with excessive sugar intake, especially since sugary gum sticks to your teeth.
One of the leading causes of dry mouth is dehydration. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. It is recommended you consume at least eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day. Consider buying a water bottle that has measurements listed so you can tell just how much you’ve consumed each day.
The air you breathe while you sleep makes a huge difference in the way your mouth feels when you wake up, especially if you have allergies that cause your nose to become congested. Sleep with a humidifier at night, regularly dust and vacuum your bedroom, and wash your sheets and pillow case in hot water. If you notice that you’re regularly waking up with a dry mouth, it could also be a symptom of sleep apnea. If you do have sleep apnea, we can fit you with an oral appliance to help your airway remain open as you sleep.
If you’ve changed up your habits and you’re still experiencing dry mouth, discuss your mouth dryness with our team at Las Cruces Dental Solutions. You may need to make other lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or using an artificial saliva substitute to keep your mouth moist. Schedule your consultation with us today so we can help determine the cause of your dry mouth.