What causes dry mouth?
Try to remember the most anxious time in your life. The time you finally worked up the nerve to ask out your crush, or the big interview for your dream job. If you’re remembering correctly, you probably remember having a mouth dry as a desert. That’s because a dry mouth can actually be a symptom of anxiousness. So if you’re feeling particularly anxious, don’t be surprised at your mouth drying up. However, if you’re not feeling anxious but you’re still experiencing dry mouth, it could be the sign of a larger problem. Xerostomia is the medical term for dry mouth, and according to the ADA (American Dental Association), it can be caused by auto-immune disease or even by the side effect of some medications.
If it’s not consistent, then it’s possible it’s being caused by things like certain foods or beverages that can dehydrate you.
What is dry mouth?
You probably already know what dry mouth feels like...dry, but what is it exactly? When your mouth stops producing the normal amount of saliva it needs to stay healthy, it starts to become dry. If it happens too often or for a long period of time, it can cause serious oral health issues. If left untreated, it can lead all to way to infections, gum diseases, or even tooth decay. That’s not counting the likely discomfort and bad breath it’s sure to cause.
The simple option is always the best. A good way to prevent a dry mouth is to drink water. Not just some water, but a lot of water. You should be drinking the recommended daily amount anyway, which is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Drinking enough water should help to keep your mouth hydrated.
Gum can be helpful in many oral health scenarios. For example, chewing gum after a particularly acidic meal that might stain your teeth is helpful for cleaning off the surface of your teeth. But it also has another property that helps you create saliva. Chewing on a good stick of sugar-free gum should have you wet and wild in no time.
Proper oral care
Lastly, a dry mouth could be a big sign that you’re not taking proper oral care for yourself. Always remember to brush your teeth two times a day. Be sure to floss and don’t forget to use a mouthwash that you prefer. It’s important to remember that this is routine you should be doing twice every day. An easier way to get into the habit of doing it properly is investing in an AutoBrush. It makes the routine faster and easier by cleaning your teeth automatically and within 20 seconds.
Finally, if you can’t seem to shake your dry mouth, be sure to visit a dentist and let a professional help you.