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Suffering From Dry Mouth? Here’s What Might Be Causing It – And What You Can Do

Suffering from Dry Mouth? Here’s What Might Be Causing It – and What You Can Do

Dry mouth is a very common symptom among American adults, and while it doesn’t always indicate a problem, it can cause discomfort or oral health implications if it’s allowed to persist. While an acute episode of dry mouth might just be a symptom of dehydration that resolves itself when you get enough water, chronic dry mouth is typically the result of underlying causes that need to be addressed in order to prevent oral health complications. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, you’ll want to understand what’s causing it in order to know how to best treat it. So what causes dry mouth? Here’s what you need to know.

Taking Medication or Chemo Drugs? Dry Mouth is a Common Side Effect

Dry mouth is a routine side effect of hundreds of different drugs, including many over-the-counter medications. If you take antidepressants, anxiolytics, or strong pain medications (especially medications that treat nerve pain), you’re likely to develop dry mouth. You may also experience dry mouth if you regularly use antihistamines, decongestants, or muscle relaxants.

Medications for respiratory conditions like asthma and COPD can also cause dry mouth, as can chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatment, which alter salivary production. You may also experience frequent dry mouth if you smoke or chew tobacco.

More Than a Nuisance: Why Dry Mouth Requires Treatment

While most patients simply see dry mouth as an irritating condition at worst, it can actually cause a variety of problems if left untreated. Saliva has several important functions, including keeping your mouth clean and helping you digest food. If you’re not producing enough saliva, you may see complications like mouth sores and cracked lips (due to your mouth and lips drying out) or an increase in the amount of plaque in your mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In severe cases you may also have problems swallowing food, which can lead to a nutritional deficiency. That’s why you’ll want to seek treatment if you notice you’re developing dry mouth – early intervention can keep your mouth healthy.

Treating Dry Mouth at Home: Sugar-free Gum and OTC Mouth Sprays Help

If you have chronic dry mouth, the good news is there are a variety of ways you can treat it at home. Certain behavioral changes can reduce the severity of your dry mouth. Start chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and keep your mouth moist. If you use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, you’ll want to switch to an alcohol-free brand – which does just as good a job of keeping your mouth clean without drying it out. Saliva substitutes and mouthwashes designed to treat dry mouth can also help. If you tend to notice your dry mouth is at its worst upon first waking up in the morning, you’ll want to invest in a humidifier for your bedroom.

Dry mouth is an annoying oral health condition with potentially serious complications. That’s why you’ll want to take steps to treat your dry mouth as soon as you notice it. Your local Tucson dentist can help you to establish a dry mouth treatment plan and monitor your mouth for signs of continued or exacerbated dryness. For more information, or to schedule an appointment and create a dry mouth treatment plan that works for you, call Badie Dental at (520) 433-9800.

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1 year ago
Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
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1 year ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
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1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
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I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
2 years ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
5/5
2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!
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2 years ago
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Sharp Barnes
5/5
1 year ago
Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
Shelly Jones
5/5
1 year ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
Kelly Ann
5/5
1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
Jennifer Perkins
5/5
2 years ago
I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
2 years ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
5/5
2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!