Do you wake up to a sore throat, excessively bad breath or similar frustrations in the morning? At first, you may think it’s merely the result of allergies or possibly a cold virus trying to take hold, but if it happens more mornings than not, it may be something more. It could be dry mouth.
Here’s what you need to know about this common condition and how to prevent and manage it.
What is dry mouth?
Officially known as xerostomia, dry mouth is a condition in which the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. While this may at first glance seem to be a minor annoyance, it can have more serious side effects including:
So what causes dry mouth? There could be several reasons you’re dealing with a dry mouth and, luckily, several ways to help reverse it.
Causes of dry mouth
There are many reasons why you could have xerostomia. Once you’ve identified what may be causing it, you can take steps to prevent or manage it.
What to do about dry mouth
If you suspect dry mouth, there are several steps you can take to help prevent and manage it:
If dry mouth is causing pain, dental issues or negatively impacting your sleep, it may be time to see your ENT for relief. They will work with you to determine the cause and best next steps to manage your dry mouth.