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Everyone suffers from a dry mouth from time to time. It is a well-known symptom if you talk a lot or if you have slept with your mouth open. However, one in ten young people suffer from dry mouth on a regular basis. And as many as one in three people aged 60 or over suffer from it. What does it mean if you often have a dry mouth? How does it happen and how can you remedy it? In this article you can read about the causes and solutions to combat this ailment.
Waking up with a dry mouth in the morning is no fun. It feels gross and your breath doesn’t smell fresh. There are several causes for waking up with a dry mouth.
Waking up with dry mouth in the morning can have the following causes:
The following causes of dry mouth are less common:
A dry feeling in the mouth is caused by too little saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps digest food and protects teeth from erosion. Too little saliva can cause small wounds in the mouth where bacteria easily get to. This can lead to all kinds of oral problems.
The right remedy for dry mouth can help. We have listed some tips for you below.
To minimise cavities, plaque and inflamed gums, it is important to take care of your teeth by:
A treatment for dry mouth at night can also be achieved by eating and drinking. Drinking enough water (1.5 to 2 litres per day) is a good start. In addition, it is important to eat a lot of vegetables.
Chewing stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth. Chewing gum or (sugar-free) sweets are good ways to stimulate saliva production. Note: do not use (vitamin) chewing and sucking tablets more than once a day.
Choline is a substance that stimulates saliva production. It can be found in egg yolk, chicken, nuts, fish, beef, courgette, cucumber and lettuce, among others.
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Why do I have dry mouth?
There are many reasons why your mouth feels dry. The most common are: talking a lot, sleeping with your mouth open, snoring, smoking, stress and menopause. It can also be caused by medication, illness, dehydration and pregnancy. A lack of saliva in the mouth can cause a variety of oral problems.
How can I overcome dry mouth?
Oral hygiene is an essential part of keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Brush your teeth, use a tongue cleaner and start brushing, brushing and flossing. You can also help dry mouth by stimulating saliva flow through chewing, drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods containing choline.