Drinking lots of water but my mouth is still dry.

By October 7, 2014 November 30th, 2018 General Dentistry

I probably drink almost a gallon of water a day but my mouth is still dry. What could be the problem? Thanks. Turner

Turner – Dry mouth is a result of decreased saliva flow, which has several possible causes. Certain medication, antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, and certain medical disorders can reduce saliva production.

Saliva flow is important to control of the level of acidity in your mouth and to help prevent tooth decay. It’s good that you are drinking plenty of water, but if your mouth is still dry, you can start with a visit to your dentist. Your dentist will perform an examination and review your medical history.

Depending on the cause of the reduced saliva flow in your mouth, your dentist may recommend a mouth rinse designed to increase saliva production or another treatment. You may need to be referred to a medical doctor for further examination. An examination with a dentist is your first step for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.