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Why Your Mouth Is Dry, And How To Fix It

If there is one thing out there that is worse than the feeling of having too much saliva in the mouth (a common condition for people with braces, retainers, or other mouth gear), it's the feeling of not having enough of it. Having a dry mouth is uncomfortable at best, and the sign of a serious health condition at worst.

If you have ever noticed that you seem to experience the feeling of dry mouth for a prolonged period of time, or if you have dry mouth that comes and goes regularly, you may want to read on to figure out what exactly could be causing this issue to happen to you. I learned some interesting facts about dry mouth, and more importantly how to treat dry mouth depending on the underlying condition that is causing it, from a helpful article by Women's Health. Here is some information that could really benefit you.

One of the most obvious and also common reasons as to why a person will experience dry mouth is simply due to the fact that they are not drinking enough water. Dehydration comes with a whole host of negative side effects, and having a dry or hoarse mouth is one of the bigger ones. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for this - drink more water! Add fresh fruit slices to your water if you need a stronger flavor, or try setting an alarm to go off every half an hour to remind you to take a sip from your refillable water bottle.

Another surprisingly common reason that people experience dry mouth is that it is a side effect of any medications they may be taking. If you have just started a new medication for any physical or mental health condition, or if you have been taking more pain killers in the past few weeks, try to see if this correlates with the dry mouth symptoms you have been experiencing.You may want to talk with your primary health care provider about switching to a different medication or an alternative treatment method. 

If you need a quick fix for your dry mouth and you aren't around any water, be sure to carry a pack of gum or a container of mints in your bag at all times. Sucking on these will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth, which should relieve the dry mouth feeling at least temporarily.

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