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2137 E County Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813
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Causes of Dry Mouth

Posted on 8/22/2022 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
Causes of Dry MouthA dry mouth can affect your oral and overall health. First, it can allow bacteria to multiply in your mouth, affecting your gums and teeth. Besides, the lack of enough saliva in the mouth can hinder the flow of minerals to the teeth, thus, weakening them. In this case, untreated dry mouth can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. The dentist will treat a dry mouth depending on the cause of the condition. Some of the causes of dry mouth include the below.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a major cause of dry mouth. When you have sleep apnea, the respiratory tract will be stressed. In this case, you will struggle to breathe, resulting in a dry mouth. Besides, when you experience this condition, air won't flow properly into your nose. With this, you'll likely sleep with your mouth wide open, which can dry out your mouth and throat. Our professionals may recommend a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to treat the condition. In cases where there is a blockage in the upper airway, surgery may be vital.


When your body lacks enough fluids, you will likely experience a dry mouth. This usually occurs if you don't drink enough water. Also, if you sweat a lot, you will lose a lot of water, making your mouth too dry. The best way to fix dehydration is by drinking plenty of water and other fluids.

Use of Alcoholic Substances

Some substances you use to clean your teeth can also result in a dry mouth. For instance, many types of mouthwash contain alcohol. Alcohol increases bacteria in the mouth, leading to a decreased saliva flow. In this case, consulting a doctor before using any mouth rinsing and cleaning substances is vital. Do you experience a dry mouth? Our professionals will prescribe medication to stimulate saliva. You will also get tips on how to keep your mouth moist.

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