Tips for Avoiding Dry Mouth

How To Avoid Dry Mouth

Many people who suffer from Bruxism will also have some other issues related to their teeth and mouth. In some cases this can be down to stress and anxiety-related conditions, and it may also be down to medication. Many medications prescribed for, among other things, mental health conditions can cause Bruxism as well as other problems such as the dreaded “dry mouth” – medically known as xerostomia. People who suffer from both of these conditions can end up with serious dental problems as saliva is packed with anti-bacterial compounds.

Dry mouth is a serious enough condition to have been given a medical designation, and it can be distressing as well as damaging. It can lead to dehydration as well as tooth decay, and when combined with Bruxism it can result in long term damage to your teeth. The pressure applied to your jaw by teeth grinding in sleep combined with the lack of adequate anti-bacterial protection (as in cases of xerostomia) can lead to the loss of tooth enamel and irreparable damage to your adult teeth. If you are prone to Bruxism, there are some steps you should take to avoid these complications.

Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day:  Brushing your teeth is a necessary way of removing the bacteria that can cause tooth decay even if you don’t have Bruxism or xerostomia. When you do have one or both of these conditions it becomes all the more essential; it will also stimulate the production of saliva and keep dry mouth at bay for longer. Therefore it is a handy defence against the cause and the complications of dry mouth.

Drink A Lot Of Water:  It seems obvious and to a certain extent it is. Drinking water will prevent your mouth drying out as much as it otherwise would, and it will also prevent the dehydration which is often caused by dry mouth. Not only that but in the absence of as much saliva as you would ideally be producing it will present a good alternative way of combating bacteria in the mouth.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum:  There are many chewing gums on the market, and it is well known that chewing stimulates the salivary glands to produce more. Of course, the act of chewing is only as beneficial as the make-up of what you are chewing. Sugary gum will be as manna from Heaven to the bacteria that cause tooth decay, so the range of sugar free gums that are on the market will be the ones to choose. They’ll stimulate saliva production without feeding the bacteria.

Remember The Things To Avoid:  There are a lot of things which will only exacerbate the problems of xerostomia. Among them are overly salty food and dry food, both of which make excessive demands on the salivary glands in order to break them down and make them edible. You should also avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, as this has a dehydrating effect on the body (something you will have witnessed have you ever had a hangover).

Avoiding caffeine is another important move to make. The occasional or daily cup of coffee won’t do too much harm, but caffeine is a diuretic and a stimulant, so it acts on the body’s hydration and if you suffer from xerostomia it will only exacerbate the issue. For similar reasons you should avoid smoking – nicotine is a stimulant and the process itself uses saliva without stimulating the production of more.

Breathe Through Your Nose:  It’s this simple – when you breathe through your mouth, your tongue will get dry quickly. It is the same kind of process as blow-drying your hair, although obviously different in a number of ways. Simply put, an air flow over an area of moisture will cause the area to dry out. So if you breathe through your nose you are less likely to have problems with xerostomia. This tip leads neatly into the next one.

Use A Humidifier In Your Home:  You may sometimes hear singers or public speakers complain about the dryness of the air in a room, or the lack of humidity. Although this may seem diva-ish, the fact is that the more humidity there is in a room, the less likely you are to have dry mouth. An appropriate level of humidity is between 55-60% and it is beneficial to sleep with a humidifier on, as this will allow you to breathe in less dry air, and suffer dry mouth less often.

If you are prone to dry mouth, it is worth speaking to your doctor as well as taking the above steps. The causes of dry mouth can vary and they may be a symptom of an underlying condition. Particularly if you additionally have problems with Bruxism, there may be a link that needs to be looked into; if you are on a specific medication then that may be at the source of the problems.

Your body is a finely tuned machine and if it is giving you signals such as a bad case of dry mouth or ongoing problems with Bruxism, then it is worth finding out what is at the source of these problems. They can be caused by a range of problems and they in turn can cause a few themselves. In order to ensure that this is not the case for you it is well worth seeking the advice of a medical professional.

Getting to the source of medical problems can take a long time, as various potential diagnoses are made and potentially revisited. In the meantime, lifestyle changes can make a big difference to how the symptoms are affecting you. The above tips for avoiding xerostomia may not absolutely rid you of the condition but they will certainly make it easier to live with. They may also make it easier for a long-term cure to work more quickly. They will certainly reduce the problems and the impact of a case of dry mouth and make your everyday life more comfortable.

One response to “Tips for Avoiding Dry Mouth”

  1. Alex says:

    I was recommended Cevimeline ( Evoxac™) and Pilocarpine (Salagen™) but I don’t want to put on medications when I’m not much suffering from the condition. I don’t want to risk side effects if any?

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