Sometimes, you wake up after a nap or after your nightly rest, your mouth feels a little cottony, and as the day goes on, everything goes back to normal. However, sometimes that desert-like sensation remains. You may not know what to make of it but it’s actually a simple concern: It’s called dry mouth! When it becomes something that hangs around, you’ll want to address it because otherwise, you’re headed toward issues like decay, bad breath, and more. So, what types of steps should you take to treat it? We’ve got them!
#1: Drink More Water
This may sound too obvious to work but it might be all that you need to do. Remember that your whole body relies on a sufficient intake of water because our bodies are composed primarily of water! Drink the full suggested daily amount (around 64 ounces) to hydrate yourself to see if your dry mouth goes away. In either case, keeping up with hydration is always beneficial.
#2: Check Your Medication Side Effects
Your dry mouth could be the simple result of a medicine that you take. It’s an extremely common side effect. When you find this on the label of a drug you use very frequently, it will offer insight and will mean it’s probably time to talk with your prescribing doctor about your options.
#3: Ask Yourself: Am I Congested?
Ask yourself if you’ve felt stuffy lately. If so, this may be causing you to breath through your mouth. The natural consequence of breathing this way (instead of through your nose) is often dry mouth. If you can rid yourself of congestion, your dry oral tissues may suddenly be nice and moist again.
#4: See Us!
Come see us. We will be more than happy to figure out where the problem is coming from (and fix it).
Figure Out How To Handle Dry Mouth With A Visit
Time spent with our team will ensure you have all of the knowledge necessary (and treatment) to keep your smile healthy and your moisture levels on target. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.