Dealing With Dry Mouth

Combatting Dry Mouth

Saliva not only keeps our mouths moist, it also helps to keep our mouths clean and assists in the digestion of food. Because it controls dwelling bacteria and fungi, saliva also helps to prevent infection. Unfortunately, some people’s mouths fail to produce enough saliva. When this happens, your mouth can become dry and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a variety of high-quality mouth rinses that can help eliminate dry mouth, whatever the underlying cause. Understanding the different causes of dry mouth can help you decide which rinse is right for you.
Some common causes of dry mouth include:
• Medication side effects: Many prescription and over the counter drugs can cause dry mouth. The condition is a common side effect experienced by those using drugs to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, acne, and a variety of other conditions, from the common cold to urinary incontinence.
• Side effects from some diseases and infections: Dry mouth can occur as a side effect of some medical conditions. Conditions that can cause dry mouth include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and mumps.
• Side effects from injury or certain medical treatments: Any type of damage to the salivary glands can result in dry mouth. This can occur as a result of radiation or chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Nerve damage to the head or neck area, which can result from surgery or injury, may also cause dry mouth. Conditions associated with dehydration are another dry mouth culprit. These include fever, vomiting, blood loss, diarrhea, burns, and excessive sweating.
• Lifestyle factors: Smoking, as well as the use of other tobacco products, can affect the amount of saliva produced by your salivary glands, which can aggravate dry mouth. Breathing with your mouth open can also exacerbate the problem.
Some common symptoms of dry mouth include:
• A dry or sticky feeling in the mouth
• Experiencing frequent thirst
• Cracked lips
• Sores in the mouth
• Sores or irritated skin at the corners of the mouth
• A throat that feels dry
• Burning or tingling sensations in the mouth and on the tongue
• Trouble tasting, chewing, or swallowing
• Bad breath
If you experience these or other dry mouth symptoms, consider using an oral rinse to relieve symptoms and prevent the recurrence of dry mouth. Several Prevention products are ideal for treating dry mouth. Prevention Everyday mouth rinse is a great way to start your morning, and Prevention Antibacterial mouth rinse can help to heal and prevent sores associated with dry mouth and other conditions.