Waking up with a dry mouth or morning breath is unpleasant, but you can do something to change it. Patients who are experiencing this symptom should visit their family dentistry practice to be evaluated for the causes of dry mouth and possible treatments for the condition.
In fact, if you don’t work with your dentist to address dry mouth, your oral health may suffer consequences as a result of this condition, as sufficient saliva is necessary to keep your mouth clean and wash away harmful oral bacteria.
Potential Causes of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can result from a number of causes, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Other types of snoring
- Side effects of medical treatments, including medications, chemotherapy and radiation
- Nerve damage
- Health conditions, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Use of drugs or alcohol before bed
Visiting your family dentistry practice for an evaluation is the best way to have the cause of your dry mouth diagnosed and treated. A thorough evaluation will point toward the most effective treatment option in your case.
Interventions and Home Care Practices to Prevent Dry Mouth
The interventions recommended to eliminate dry mouth in your case will depend on the specific factors causing this symptom. For example, if you are suffering from sleep apnea, you may need to wear an oral appliance while you sleep to eliminate this condition.
In other cases, you may not be able to eliminate the dry mouth but instead must focus on managing it. Drinking adequate amounts of water (but not so much that you wake up throughout the night to use the bathroom!) and using artificial saliva products can be helpful.
Dry Mouth: Consequences for Your Oral Health
Regardless of the cause of your dry mouth, it’s important for you to discuss this symptom with your dentist so that it can be treated. Insufficient saliva causes big problems in the mouth. It allows bacteria to proliferate and wreak havoc, causing cavities and gum disease, along with other oral health concerns.
Ultimately, dry mouth is an oral health issue and our dentist can help you to manage or eliminate this symptom. Be sure to ask about this issue at your next checkup, or call the office of John Morris, DDS, to discuss with one of our knowledgeable staff members.