People often experience dry mouth in the night. It might seem minor but it is quite annoying and if left untreated can affect several other issues such as eating, speaking and overall health condition.

The saliva in the mouth protects the teeth and gum from decay while the enzymes in the saliva aids in digestion. Ones the saliva is dry in the mouth it affects other organs and functions.

CAUSES OF DRY MOUTH

Dry mouth is mostly experienced by the aged people due to the change in the overall health that occurs during old age.

Some of the components of the saliva decrease as we grow older.

Some medications can also cause dry mouth. Example of such medications include;

– High blood pressure drugs

– Antidepressants

– Antihistamines

– Antacids, etc.

Other causes of dry mouth includes the following;

– Diabetes

– Pregnancy

– Chemotherapy

– Radiation

– Nerve damage

– Drug use, etc.

SYMPTOMS OF DRY MOUTH

– Thick or sticky saliva

– Bad breath

– Change in sense of taste.

– Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.

– Sore throat

– Cavities

WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR

– If you experience frequent urination

– Bad breath

– Sores in the mouth

– When you have trouble eating.

MEDICAL TREATMENT

The medical treatment that will be given to a person who is experiencing dry mouth will depend on the underlying cause. This means the treatment option will vary from person to person.

If the dry mouth is caused by nasal problems such as deviated septum, the Doctor may recommend Septoplasty surgery to correct it.

HOME REMEDIES

– Drink plenty water in the day time.

– Avoid salty foods at night time.

– Reduce caffeine intake

– Chew gums without sugar

– Avoid mouth wash that contains alcohol

– Avoid smoking.

It is important to treat dry mouth or the underlying health issue that causes it. This will help to maintain good oral health.

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