Have you ever woken up and your mouth feels like a desert? How about you are thirsty and your mouth is just dry? If this happens only after working outside in the heat or after having one too many drinks, then the solution is just to drink more water. On the other hand, if this is happening to you more often, then you may have a condition called dry mouth.
What difference does it matter if my mouth is dry? A dry mouth will lead to health problems. Such as gum disease, tooth decay, sores in the mouth and possible infections of the mouth. These problems can occur because you do not have enough saliva or inadequate quality of salvia to wash away food debris and bacteria from the teeth and gums. The mouth is designed to be moist and when it is dry, the bacteria will stick to the cheeks, tongue and teeth where you can develop an infection of yeast in the mouth called Thrush, or the bacteria can inflame the gum tissue around the teeth to beginning the process of gum disease called Gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated, it will continue to worsen and cause periodontal disease which is where the bacteria has caused the bone around the teeth to be damaged. Finally, bacteria left on the teeth will start to eat away the teeth causing tooth decay or a cavity. Having a dry mouth can lead to several types of infections of the teeth, gums, and cheeks.
Dry mouth is characterized by having a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth or in the throat. Your tongue is dry, red, cracked, and raw with a feeling of burning or tingling sensation. You feel like you are needing to reach for something to drink all the time. These are some of the signs that you may have dry mouth.
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