Dentist Questions Dry Mouth

What could be the reason for my mouth dryness?

I am having dryness inside my mouth. This has been happening since a couple days ago. What could be the reason? Is it worth visiting a doctor? No matter how much I drink or what I eat, the dryness persists. It hasn't gotten better or worse.

15 Answers

Yes it could be a deficiency or underlying medical problem.
You need to see an oral surgeon to make sure you don't have a blockage of your salivary glands. You may also be having a reaction to medication you are taking.
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Usually due to a salivary gland disorder caused by new medications or food reactions. Biotene and Salivart can be helpful, but recommend a dental visit for evaluation.
Xerostomia is the condition you described which has a list of symptoms and recommendations depending on microscopic evaluation and intraoral examination to determine the etiology or the cause. An obstruction to the salivary glands and associated endocrine systems may need to be evaluated and rule out any pathology. Going to take for granted that you've not done some drastic change and your diet or consumption of anyting unusually different in your diet on a repetitive basis that would fit the timeline you give. One of the rules of pathology is when did you first notice it and can you try anything you've done to that incident. This becomes an etiological Factor that may have an associated iatrogenic cause that needs to be investigated. Let's just fancy term for ruling out logically whether it's a system malfunction of the salivary glands and or sinus symptoms, infected wisdom teeth, oral decay, or Diet. Palliative relief can be gained from over the counter lozenges that help stimulate secretions I would go easy on excess citrus or acidic Foods like pizza, ketchup Etc
There are many reasons to develop a dry mouth. One of the biggest reasons is medication use. Over 1600 medications have dry mouth listed as a side effect. Aging, hormones and stage in life also influence this. Continue drinking, as most people are chronically dehydrated. There are a number of products on the market to help deal with this problem, but you should be checked out by your physician and dentist to try to determine the reason for this and whether you need a prescription-strength medication to help.
Medications like antihistamines and some other drugs.
Dryness could be caused by certain medications, or even different kinds of food and caffeine. You can use biotene to help with salivary flow.
Dry mouth is a common problem in my office but typically only in the elderly. I have seen many patients develop try mouth around the age of 80. Dry mouth causes tooth decay and can be difficult to control. Usually it’s not the age that causes the dry mouth but the medications that we can on at a certain age. If you have started any new medications recently, this could be the culprit. Other medical factors can lead to dry mouth if not and you might need to see your physician.
Most medications cause dry mouth, so if you recently are taking a new medication, it is very normal to experience dry mouth. You should make sure that you are drinking plenary of water as well. Allergies can make your mouth dry as well. If dryness persists, I would recommend you visit your dentist. You want to make sure your Pratid gland is working fine.
The most common cause of dry mouth is medication. Have it checked by your dentist to determine if certain OTC treatments can be helpful and if you need to see your physician for a possible underlying medical condition.
There are several reasons for dry mouth. The most common is due to medications. Be sure to read the labels on any medications you might be taking to see if dry mouth is a side effect. Other causes are alcohol containing mouth rinses, diabetes or pre-diabetes, certain autoimmune diseases, and high salt intake. It may be worth a visit to your physician to rule out any systemic causes.
In health,
Dr. Rankin
Dry mouth can be caused by many things. Do you take any prescription medicines? If so, there are many that cause dry mouth. Sometimes it takes a while for dry mouth symptoms to appear, but when they do, the patient is suddenly aware of an uncomfortable problem.

As we age, some people notice a decrease in saliva production. Unfortunately, aging and age-related issues can happen to anyone. Treatment is usually limited to topical rinses and gels to make the patient more comfortable. I have no idea how old you are.

Systemic diseases can cause the same problem. Some are related to a decrease in tear production as well. They are often auto-immune problems, where, for some reason, the body begins to attack itself, affecting the cells that produce saliva and tears. That requires a medical diagnosis and treatment, but often can only be treated with the rinses and gels.

Finally, a systemic disease that often causes dry mouth is diabetes. If you are diabetic, or have recently transitioned to that condition, dry mouth is a warning sign of elevated glucose levels.

So, if you're on medications for anything, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if dry mouth is related to any meds. If not, check with your physician and dentist to see if any of the other possible causes are affecting you. It could be nothing but a bothersome condition, but it could be a sign of a more serious, underlying problem.
Dry mouth is typically caused by certain medications, especially antihistamines.
Have you had a change in medication? Or supplements? Some medication such as blood pressure medication, can cause dry mouth. Sometimes the dryness can be due to other medical conditions. You will have to visit your physician if that is the case.
Dryness or Xerostomia can be brought up by several factors. Mouth breathing due to sinus, nasal and breathing problems, stress and certain medications can be some of the reasons for dry mouth. Using over the counter Biotene products or professional Dry mouth toothpastes can be helpful. Overall low water intake can also contribute to dry mouth as well. Other helpful tips are sipping water or sugarless drinks often and during meals as well as
avoiding drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea and some sodas.
Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow — citrus, cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices. Ultimately study any of the medications that you may be taking for dry mouth side effects and discuss them with your physician at your next visit.