A sound sleep is important for good health, but sleeping in peace is not so easy, more so if you wake up frequently at night with a dry mouth, a condition known as xerostomia.
The exact causes of xerostomia vary, though if it occurs at night, it’s most likely because you snore while you sleep, or because you sleep with your mouth wide open. Factors such as stress and medication may also play a factor.
Regardless of what caused it, it’s important that you have your frequent spells of dry mouth at night checked by a healthcare professional. Saliva washes away bacteria and food, helping keep your mouth clean. This should already be understood, but saliva is important for your mouth, even when you’re asleep.
Another reason why you’ll want to have your condition checked is because it can cause your mouth to become red and irritated. This puts you at a higher risk for developing bacterial infections, which can affect the quality of your sleep even further.
Treating Dry Mouth At Night
The first step in having your dry mouth treated is to talk to your dentist and ask for advice. However, for the meantime, there are some things that you can do to make it a bit less uncomfortable for you.
One thing that you can do is to cut back on beverages such as caffeine, soda and alcohol. You can also benefit from refraining from smoking and tobacco use.
Studies have also shown that avoiding sugary or acidic foods can help in that avoiding consumption of such food items can increase one’s risk for tooth decay, especially if one suffers from dry mouth. Though, if you insist on munching on something sweet, you can chew on sugarless gum or hard candy to help satisfy your cravings and stimulate saliva flow.
Drinking lots and lots of water during the day can also help, as frequent water intake can maintain, or increase the production of saliva.
Before sleeping, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and a fluoride rinse as opposed to an alcohol-based mouthwash can help keep your mouth from drying at night.
The air in your room may also be too dry at night, in which case, you’ll want to use a humidifier. Also, keeping a glass of water next to your bed can help so you can immediately sip on it if you wake up with a dry mouth in the middle of the night.
Treatment For Underlying Causes
In some cases, Xerostomia may not be the biggest issue, but may only be a symptom of a worse medical condition.
If, for example, your dry mouth comes with a burning sensation inside your mouth, cracked lips, and more plaque, as well as halitosis, it may be signs that your dry mouth is not what it seems.
Then again, the only person who can tell if your dry mouth is caused by something worse is a dental or health professional, which is why it’s recommended to visit one if you’ve been finding yourself waking up at night with a dry mouth frequently.
If you are suffering from dry mouth, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for additional information.