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If you constantly have a dry mouth, then you may feel uncomfortable and suffer from oral health problems like mouth infections and cavities. Here are a few things you may want to know about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this condition.

Dry Mouth Causes

A dry mouth in and of itself is not a disease. Usually it is caused by some other problem, which may include:

  • Medication
  • Disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Hormone changes
  • Problems with the salivary glands

Dry Mouth Symptoms

Besides the feeling of dryness in your mouth, there are several other symptoms for this condition, which may include:

  • Difficulties with your ability to taste, chew, speak, and swallow
  • Mouth sores
  • Cracked lips
  • A foul taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • A sore throat

Dry Mouth Treatments

Patients with a dry mouth problem shouldn’t worry about this condition because there are several treatment solutions available to fix it, including the following:

  • Determine the cause of your dry mouth and seek treatment for that cause
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeinated beverages because they can all dry out your mouth
  • Try breathing through your nose more often
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Chew on sugar-free gum to stimulate your saliva flow
  • Use a humidifier when you sleep at night
  • Ask us about artificial saliva

Call our dental team today at 970.259.1646 if you have any questions about a dry mouth problem.