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Gum Disease

Dry Mouth While You Sleep? Here’s How to Stop It

In today’s busy life, it’s more important to get proper sleep on a regular basis. Waking up in the morning makes us feel refreshed and ready to tackle a new day. However, nobody likes waking up with a dry mouth.


What causes dry mouth?  


Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common condition that frequently occurs at night. It causes when the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. Saliva helps the mouth naturally to combat the acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

The best long term dry mouth remedy depends upon the elements causing it. Here are some of the most common causes of dry mouth:

  • Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs.
  • It can also be a side effect of certain medical conditions, including diabetes, anemia, hypertension, etc.
  • Damage to the salivary glands from radiation can reduce the amount of saliva produced.
  • Dry mouth can be a result of nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery.
  • Conditions that lead to dehydration such as fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss and burns can cause dry mouth.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco can affect the amount of saliva in the mouth and aggravate dry mouth.


Ways to overcome dry mouth


Living with a dry mouth is not fun. As soon as there is a feeling of a dry mouth, it is important to take steps that can return moisture. The good news is that there are a number of solutions that can help in the prevention of dry mouth during the night. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Chewing sugar-free gum or sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva
  • Limiting the intake of caffeine intake because caffeine can make the mouth drier
  • Avoiding mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying
  • Stopping the consumption of all kinds of tobacco products including smoking
  • Remain hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water
  • Breathing through nose not mouth
  • Avoiding sugary or acidic foods and drinks as they increase the risk of tooth decay
  • Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Visiting the dentist regularly to detect and treat decay or other dental problems

If dry mouth still persists, approach our Rouse Hill Dentist. We can identify the cause and recommend changes to your oral health regime so that you lead a healthy life both orally and physically.