Dry Mouth – Bad Breath for Valentine’s?

shutterstock_heart-covering-mouthDry mouth, a condition that affects about 10% of all people, may be one annoyance that gets in the way of your romantic plans this Valentine’s Day.

Symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Hoarse Voice
  • Frequent feeling of thirst
  • Dry feeling of the tongue, mouth or throat
  • Mouth Sores
  • Difficulty tasting, chewing and swallowing

Dry mouth is not just an annoyance. Saliva also works to prevent bacteria and infection in our mouth. When there is not adequate saliva, we are at higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay and more.

Some of the common causes of dry mouth include: side-effects of certain medications, certain diseases and infections, life style choices such as chewing tobacco or smoking, dehydration, and nerve damage.

There are many things that you can do to treat dry mouth and stimulate saliva throughout the day.

  • Drink increased amounts of water
  • Use a mouth rinse or toothpaste specially formulated for dry mouth
  • Avoid salty foods, dry foods, and foods and beverages with high sugar content
  • Make a conscious effort to increase breathing through your nose rather than your mouth
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Use a humidifier/vaporizer
  • Sucking on sugar free candy or gum
  • Keep a lip moisturizer handy

Dry mouth and the symptoms it presents can be problematic and uncomfortable.  Fortunately, Dr. Dave in Boise, Idaho has many treatment options available. If you are suffering from persistent dry mouth call our office today for a consultation. (208) 402-1040.