UNDERSTANDING A DRY MOUTH
IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS RELIEF
A dry mouth is a common problem that causes your mouth to feel uncomfortably dry.
It can occur when your body doesn’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist.
A dry mouth can be caused by taking many medications.
Dry mouth signs can vary from person to person
Common signs may include dryness in the mouth, bad breath, chapped lips, or waking up at night feeling thirsty.
A dry mouth can also make eating difficult because saliva helps you taste and chew.
Why is saliva important?
Saliva does more than just keep your mouth moist. It plays an important role in your overall oral health because it:
- Moisturises the mouth and helps prevent dehydration
- Aids with taste
- Assists in speaking
- Maintains oral pH balance and tooth integrity
- Has antimicrobial properties
- Helps protect the mouth’s oral environment
A dry mouth is a health concern
A dry mouth can be uncomfortable and bothersome, but more
importantly, it can impact your oral health environment. A dry
mouth may result in a greater chance of oral problems such as cavities.