I don’t know about you, but if I wake up with a dry mouth, it ruins the start of my day.
Dry mouth is the worst.
Why? Because if I start with dry mouth, chances are that the dreaded dry mouth will come back during the day.
How can we stop this without medicine or an expensive trip to the dentist?
In this article, we will delve deep into the dry mouth and beat it naturally.
What is the big deal about dry mouth anyway?
Dry mouth renders your mouth defenseless against gingivitis, tooth decay, and other infections of the mouth. This could lead to other problems because as we all know, GUM DISEASE LEADS TO HEART DISEASE.
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth is the result of the impairment of the saliva-producing parts of the mouth known as the salivary glands.
What can cause this impairment?
There are several known causes of dry mouth.
- Medications: Some of the medications we take can have dry mouth as a side effect. Both prescription medication and over-the-counter medications that treat everything from acne to psychotic disorders can cause dry mouth.
- Disease or Infectious side effects: Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and AIDS.
- Certain medical treatments: Radiation from chemotherapy is just one way that the treatment of your ailment can damage the salivary glands thus giving you the dreaded dry mouth.
- Injuries involving the head and neck: An Undue shock to the head and neck area like from a concussion or an accident, can directly affect the salivary glands in your mouth making way for dry mouth.
- Deserting water: I am NOT a water drinker. I love my sweet tea too much to deal with water. However, just because a drink has water in it, doesn’t make it water. The only liquid that can hydrate the body is water. Make friends with it and close this door to dry mouth.
- Involuntary dehydration: Sometimes, your body can actually dehydrate itself. Fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, and even excessive sweating can cause dry mouth. Think about it. All that liquid has to come from somewhere.
- Your life: Not only am I not a water drinker, but I am also a smoker (and proud of it). Your lifestyle can also have an effect on your dry mouth. Whether you are a smoker like me, or maybe you chew tobacco (disgusting), it can aggravate the salivary glands and corrupt their ability to keep your mouth hydrated.
What are the symptoms that you should look out for with dry mouth?
Below is a list of common symptoms associated with dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Dry nostrils and\or throat
- Bad breath
- Dry and raw tongue
- Constantly feeling thirsty
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Burning feeling on the tongue
- Lip damage (cracked lips, sores and split skin in the corners of your mouth)
WHAT ARE THE NATURAL WAYS YOU CAN TREAT DRY MOUTH?
Yes. You read correctly. There are natural (not medicinal) ways you can treat your annoying dry mouth. Are you curious about what they are? Read on.
- Cayenne Pepper: When dry mouth comes and hits you in the…well, mouth, take some cayenne pepper and rub it on your tongue and gums. This will encourage your mouth to water up quickly.
- Lemons and Lemon Juice: These little yellow rescuers quickly come to your rescue by not only encouraging your mouth to produce saliva but also act as a defense against bad breath and a number of oral issues. Drink lemon juice (add honey for those who don’t take it straight) or suck on a lemon wedge. Watch your dry mouth disappear.
- Hydration: This should go without saying. A hydrated mouth cannot be dry.
- Grapeseed Oil: Want to eliminate or even prevent your dry mouth? Keep this on your tongue and gums.
- Humidify your place: If the air in your place is too dry, your mouth will be too. Get a humidifier and kiss your dry mouth goodbye.
- Sugar-free your sweet tooth: Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can stimulate the production of saliva and therefore eliminating dry mouth.
- Breathe differently: Mouth-breathers beware. An open mouth is a dry one. Try breathing more through your nose.
- Say no to tobacco: One of the ways you can eliminate dry mouth is by staying away from smoking and chewing tobacco.
- Take a break from caffeine: Caffeine not only dehydrates the body, but it also dehydrates the mouth. So, if you do not want dry mouth, avoid, or cut back on caffeine.
- Lose the Booze: Alcohol robs the body of moisture quicker than almost anything else on the planet! Say no to alcohol and your dry mouth may not come visit you.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
- Dry mouth is irritating as well as a sign of serious health issues.
- The different causes of dry mouth.
- Common symptoms of dry mouth.
- There are several different ways we can naturally eliminate dry mouth.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
If we stay hydrated, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, humidify our homes, and other ways listed in this article, the dry mouth will no longer be a threat to your oral health.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this article. Please leave me a comment below and as always:
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU