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Restore the Moisture that Your Teeth Need

Dry mouth can really sneak up on you. You might just think you’re more thirsty than usual, or your tongue might keep sticking to the roof of your mouth. It can also show up in the quality of your speech; you might notice a clacking, sticking noise when you talk. In addition, you may have difficulty

  • Swallowing
  • Tasting food
  • Chewing food

Dry mouth can leave you feeling parched because you are experiencing a decrease in saliva production.

What causes dry mouth?

Certain diseases, such as diabetes and thyroid dysfunction, can give you dry mouth symptoms, or it could be caused by:

  • Side effect of medications
  • Stress
  • Aging

What should you do if you think your dry mouth is more than dehydration?

Make an appointment with your dentist to determine if there’s an underlying medical condition causing your symptoms. Call today for an appointment: in Windham: 603-434-0090; in Methuen: 978-688-1895. The dentist may recommend using moisturizing mouth wash or artificial saliva designed to keep your mouth moister. He or she may also recommend a prescription that can help your body produce more saliva.

If you are diabetic are on medications that cause dry mouth, you should see your doctor who may need to adjust your treatment plan.

Antihistamines, decongestants, breathing through your mouth, snoring

When your sinuses are congested, breathing through your nose can be difficult, which can lead to mouth breathing (and snoring). And breathing through your mouth can contribute to dry mouth.

Drink water or suck (don’t chew!) on ice chips

Keeping your mouth hydrated can help prevent dry lips and dry mouth. And it also helps you chew and swallow.

Chew sugarless gum

Chewing gum can stimulate your salivary glands and increase saliva flow. Choose gum with xylitol, which can help fight the bacteria that cause cavities. But be aware that it has been reported that too much xylitol may cause digestive issues.

Take good care of your teeth and gums

Dry mouth can make you more susceptible to cavities, gum disease and infections, so keep up on your brushing, flossing and dental visits.