I'd like to share some information today about the causes of dry mouth. This information is shared for your entertainment use only and is not meant to take the place of direct medical care from a qualified professional. If you are experiencing this please speak to your doctor.
Do you suffer from a constant pasty, dry mouth?
Most times, dry mouth is due to something simple, like dehydration or weather. However, if you’re constantly plagued with dry mouth regardless of the season and how much fluids you drink, it could be a sign of a more serious condition—such as Crohn’s or another autoimmune disease.
Here are the seven most common causes of that dry, pasty mouth…
Medications—such as certain chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer—are linked to dry mouth. However, the most common culprits as far as drugs are antihistamines and anti-depressants. If your prescriptions are causing dry mouth, talk to your doctor about swapping to another medication.
Simply being dehydrated can be enough to dry out the mucous membranes in your mouth, decreasing saliva. If you tend to develop dry mouth with physical activity, it’s important to carry a water bottle with you at all times to combat dry mouth and nose.
A dry mouth is also as simple as looking at the humidity level. When levels are low, dry air can shrink mucous membranes and leave you parched. It’s vital to keep your mouth and nose moist so that you’re not prone to colds, flues, and allergies. So wisely invest in a humidifier.
4. Tooth Decay
A sugar filled diet mixed with sloppy oral hygiene will lead to tooth decay and rot along the gum line. This gradual decay will result in reduced saliva production beneath the tongue, and eventually chronic and uncomfortable dry mouth, which will exacerbate tooth and gum rot even further.
5. Nerve Damage
Nerve damage that occurs with a severe injury to the neck or head can also cause harm the nerves of the salivary glands. As a result the nerves don’t send clear messages to the glands to produce saliva and dry mouth can occur.
A telltale sign of diabetes is often chronic dry mouth, which occurs when blood sugars are high and uncontrolled diabetes. When this occurs, ketones lose fluid or inadequate saliva is produced in order to keep your mouth moist. The end result is severe dehydration and dry mouth as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing food.
7. Autoimmune Diseases
A dry mouth and nose may be the early warning sign of an associated autoimmune disease, such as Crohn’s or Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that attacks glands that produce mucous. Patients with HIV virus are also prone to dry mouth.
By: Anna Fleet at activebeat.com