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What to Do When You Have A Dry Mouth



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welcome to this edition of dental

connections brought to you by Delta

Dental of New Jersey New Jersey's

leading dental benefits company and its

foundation this series is designed to

increase awareness regarding the

connection between oral and overall

health

here is dr. mark tell Walter a

participating Delta Dental dentist

everyone has a dry mouth once in a while

it happens when we're nervous upset or

under stress that's perfectly normal

however if you experience dry mouth

every day your mouth is trying to tell

you something dry mouth is caused by a

decrease in the amount of saliva

produced here's some it can be

irritating and mildly uncomfortable for

others it can be seriously debilitating

when there isn't enough saliva to

lubricate your mouth it's hard to speak

chew and swallow but saliva also has

other important functions

it helps kill the bacteria that cause

tooth decay gum disease and other oral

infections and it buffers against

cavities that means if you have dry

mouth you are more susceptible to

potentially serious oral health problems

people with dry mouth often experience

oral infections for sness sore throats

and bad breath they may also have

trouble tasting and even experience a

burning sensation in their mouth and a

dry feeling in their throat crack lips a

dry rough tongue and mouth sores also

are symptoms of dry mouth

what causes dry mouth frequently dry

mouth is a side effect of taking

medication in fact dry mouth is listed

as a potential side effect of more than

400 medications dry mouth also could be

a sign of a serious health problem like

diabetes or autoimmune syndromes other

possible causes include radiation

therapy and chemotherapy people with

Alzheimer's disease or who suffer a

stroke I've been known to experience dry

mouth too

the good news is that you can do

something about it if you have dry mouth

try these strategies brush and floss

twice a day use alcohol-free oral rinses

chew sugarless gum sip water or snack on

ice chips

avoid alcohol caffeine carbonated

beverages and smoking avoid certain

highly acidic juices such as orange

grapefruit and tomato avoid dry foods

such as post or crackers avoid overly

salty foods and use a humidifier at

night finally visit your dentist

regularly and ask about your dry mouth

he or she can give you advice for your

specific situation and perhaps a

prescription to help treat it