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What’s Causing Me to Have Dry Mouth Every Morning

What’s Causing Me to Have Dry Mouth Every Morning

If you’re someone who experiences morning dry mouth, you’re aware of the discomfort of waking up with a dry, sore throat. Dry mouth not only causes you to get out of bed in the middle of the night in search of a drink of water, but it also poses some concerns.

Although it may seem harmless, dryness can cause dental problems, including an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The lack of saliva in your mouth, also known as xerostomia, isn’t normal. 

The caring and compassionate dental providers at Cali Dental can help you keep your dental health in tip top shape. If you’re waking up with a dry mouth, schedule a visit with one of our providers for a checkup.

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a real medical problem. It occurs when the salivary glands fail to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Having enough moisture is essential because it neutralizes the acids germs produce. Saliva also sweeps away food particles, which discourages bacterial growth in your mouth and throat. 

Why is saliva important?

Saliva helps to prevent dental decay, improves your sense of taste, and makes it easier to chew and swallow your meal, which supports digestion. It's more than an inconvenience when you don't have enough saliva. It has an impact on the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your appetite and capacity to enjoy food.

A build-up of germs in the mouth from lack of saliva can cause tooth decay, infections, and tooth loss. Saliva production is also required to maintain fresh breath. Bacteria and food particles caught in your mouth can cause your breath to smell bad.

Morning dry mouth

When you wake up with a dry mouth, a dry sore throat, or both, you have sleep-related xerostomia. In fact, the need for water often disrupts restful sleep.

Even though we create more saliva when we are awake, saliva production should continue throughout sleep, albeit at a reduced rate. The slowing of saliva production during sleep may be linked to the circadian cycle. 

The rhythmic masticatory muscle action that occurs while sleeping is involved in salivary secretion and swallowing. Saliva supplies the necessary lubricants to safeguard your mouth tissue and the health of your esophagus as you sleep. 

Dry mouth symptoms

If you have morning dry mouth, you may experience the following symptoms:

Things you can do to improve morning dry mouth

If you’re plagued with morning dry mouth, there are some things you can do. Try the following:

If your dry mouth persists, please contact our office. We can determine the source of your discomfort and suggest changes to your oral hygiene routine to help you feel better.

To schedule a visit with one of our providers, call the office nearest you, or book online today. We have offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Bakersfield, California.

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