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Dry Mouth

 – If you're like most people, you have a dry mouth occasionally, especially when you first wake up in the morning or aren't drinking enough fluids - but for some people it's a constant problem. Dry mouth has a variety of causes. Sometimes it's due to simple dehydration from not drinking enough fluids. In other cases, it can be a symptom of a medical condition or the product of stress and anxiety. Plus, a long list of medications can cause a chronic, dry mouth.
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Needless to say, dry mouth is uncomfortable but that's not the only reason to be concerned. The problem with dry mouth is it can lead to other problems like tooth decay. When your mouth is dry, bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease can grow unchecked and lead to significant dental problems. Dry mouth makes it harder to maintain good oral hygiene. That's why it's important to take steps to moisten a dry mouth. Fortunately, there are easy ways to do that.

One of the simplest ways to relieve a dry, parched mouth is to suck on a moisturizing lozenge. These lozenges are specially made for dry mouth and contain ingredients that mimic the natural saliva that your salivary glands produce. They instantly infuse your mouth with soothing moisture and keep it moist for hours. Moisturizing lozenges help to restore your mouth's natural pH and create an environment in your mouth that feels better and is more balanced.

Dry mouths need special care. One way to give a dry mouth the TLC it needs is to use a toothpaste specially formulated for dry, irritated gums and teeth. These toothpastes not only remove stains and plaque that cause gum disease, they coat dry tissues with ingredients like aloe vera to calm inflammation and irritation. Plus, they contain fluoride for added protection against cavities.

Another problem with dry mouth is it can cause bad breath. Saliva contains natural chemicals that keep bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath in check. When there's not enough saliva flow, bacteria can freely grow and produce foul-smelling gases that cause mouth odor. Moisturizing lozenges for dry mouth replace missing moisture, coating dry, irritated tissues in much the way saliva does. They also contain ingredients that kill mouth bacteria. In addition, some moisturizing lozenges are sweetened with xylitol, a sugar alcohol that dentists often recommend to patients prone to tooth decay.

If you suffer from dry mouth, see a doctor to find out why. Some medical conditions that cause dry mouth need treatment and treating the underlying cause may reduce the symptoms. Once you know what's causing it, drink plenty of water. To help restore moisture, suck on a moisturizing lozenge for hours of dry mouth relief. Don't forget to see your dentist. Regular oral care is even more important if you suffer from dry mouth to help prevent the tooth decay and gum disease that's so common among people who have a dry mouth.

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