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Dealing with Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is something that can happen to everyone, whether you have braces or not. Most of the time, it simply means you need to drink a little more water. However, if you’re experiencing unexplainable dry mouth frequently, it could mean something else. 

While dry mouth itself isn’t a serious problem, it can cause other issues over time. 

But before we get into that, let’s take a look at why your mouth is dry in the first place. 

What Causes Dry Mouth? 

Dry mouth happens when your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva or spit to keep it wet. 

Many things can cause dry mouth. Like we said before, not drinking enough water can certainly be the cause. It can also be brought on by certain medications or foods, nerve damage, heavy treatments such as chemo or radiation, sleeping with your mouth open, mouth disease, and more. 

Do Braces Cause Dry Mouth 

Some experience occasional dry mouth after first receiving their braces. The braces are a foreign object, which makes the gums and inside of your mouth swell slightly, limiting saliva production. This can easily be remedied by drinking more water.  

Soon, your mouth will adjust to the braces, and the dry mouth will pass. 

When Does Dry Mouth Become a Problem? 

Almost everyone experiences a dry mouth from time to time. If you’re experiencing it on a regular basis, however, it can become a problem. A constant dry mouth could be a sign of a bigger issue or even mouth disease.  

Your saliva serves a purpose. It breaks down food, cleans your mouth, and protects your teeth. Increased dry mouth can lead to dental decay and infections, not to mention some unpleasant breath. 

Fixing Dry Mouth 

The first thing you should do is make sure you’re hydrated. Try avoiding or limiting caffeine, as caffeine can dry out your mouth and dehydrate you. The same goes for alcohol. 

You can also try chewing gum or sucking on candy which stimulates saliva glands. Just don’t get too carried away with the sugar. Eating of spicy and salty food can help as well. 

Still experiencing prolonged periods of dry mouth? It might be time to visit a doctor. 

Don’t let worries like dry mouth keep you from having your best smile ever. With braces or Invisalign, you can make your mouth the happiest it’s ever been. For Shakopee Orthodontists, contact Cosmopolitan Orthodontist today!