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Why Is My Mouth Always Dry?

January 2, 2019

The winter months have a tendency to dry us out. The air is more dry outside. Inside when we live with heaters, it can be quite dry, too. The results can be dry, flaky skin, chapped lips, or even red chafing hands. You might attribute your dry mouth to the winter dryness, too. While dry mouth can be caused by the environment, it can also be a sign of a health condition. Chronic dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be uncomfortable and it can also lead to some dental issues if left unchecked. If you are living with a dry mouth, talk to your dentist in Kansas City, MO as soon as you get a chance. 

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Possible Causes

Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, which is another reason (besides your overall health) to drink plenty of water throughout the day. A dry mouth is caused when your salivary glands slow down on production (or stop production) of saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s rinsing agent that helps remove harmful bacteria from your smile. A dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medications. It can be caused by a cold or a flu or any sinus problem causing you to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. A dry mouth can also be a symptom of an autoimmune disorder. If you have dry mouth, it is important not to ignore it as it may be your body’s signal of a bigger problem.

Possible Effects

Without the rinsing action of saliva, your mouth may be left teeming with harmful bacteria. This bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease if left in your smile long enough. A dry mouth can also make it more difficult for you to taste food and drink. Xerostomia can also have negative effects on dental implants and other dental prosthetics. It is important to talk to your dentist if you are experiencing frequent dry mouth.

Do You Suffer From Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth can have negative effects on your smile’s health. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.