Sleeping is a regular bodily activity that every individual needs in order to perform properly during the day. At night, while the body is asleep, it recharges and replenishes it supplies of energy for the coming day. But while the body is sleeping, there may be come changes that happens which are not beneficial for an individual. Some of these may reflect the health of the person or may be directly related to a disorder or medical problem. In such case, it is important to understand and address these problems to be able to cope with them accordingly.
One of the problems that people may experience during their sleep is the presence of a dry mouth. Have you ever experienced having a dry mouth at night while sleeping? This is quite common in many people but not to the extent that it can cause disorders. However, an unfortunate few may be suffering from more than just several minutes of dry mouth at night. This condition is also known as xerostomia. Xerostomia is the medical term used to refer to a dry mouth, regardless of the cause. But this typically happens while a person is asleep, as when an individual is awake and he feels dryness in his mouth, it is human instinct to rehydrate by drinking any beverage, typically water.
Dry mouth at night is a problem that not everyone knows they have. Like sleep disorders, there are some instances when people do not really consciously know that they are suffering from xerostomia. However, they may be experiencing some of the side effects that it can cause. Some of the common side effects of dry mouth include difficulty in tasting food, difficulty in swallowing, bad breath, tooth decay, gum problems, and swelling of the tongue. Saliva has antibacterial properties that the mouth uses in order to protect itself from bacteria. When saliva is not sufficient to protect the mouth, the bacteria may cause infections like gum diseases and cavities.
What are the causes of dry mouth? There are two possible causes of this problem and they are excessive mouth breathing and salivary gland problems. The first is the more common cause of mild xerostomia that doesn’t lead to many complications. Mouth breathing is common in a lot of people especially if they leave their mouths open while they are asleep. This can be corrected by the use of a mouth cover or chin strap while sleeping. The nose is the normal respiratory organ in the body and the mouth should not shoulder the breathing activity. It is best to use a chin strap to keep the mouth closed while asleep.
In the case of salivary gland problems, there are some cases when the salivary glands are no longer functioning properly. This may lead to the failure of the glands to produce enough saliva in the mouth. This can make eating and digestion difficult, and it can also make bacterial growth in the mouth rapid. In order to correct this, you can use some remedies like chewing a mint gum or eating a mint candy to stimulate saliva production; drinking more water than normal; taking medications as prescribed by doctors; using toothpastes which are especially formulated to help patients who have xerostomia; and avoiding salty and spicy foods which can worsen the problem.
Before you take any medications or perform any drastic measures to correct your dry mouth problems, what you should first do is go to a doctor and seek medical advice. It’s especially important that you don’t neglect your dry mouth problem because it can lead to the overall destruction and deterioration of your oral health.