Do you have sweaty palms yet a dry mouth when you’re around the one who gives you all the feelings?
Ah, true love — or at least the beginning of true love — brings a host of feelings and emotions (and hormones) you probably didn’t know you had. Butterflies in your stomach — it’s a thing. Being tongue-tied, also a thing. But dry mouth? It may be more associated with your dental health than true love.
Learn how to combat it in today’s post!
Dr. Martin J. Schwartz is your local dentist here to support you in your dental health journey. Find your typical dental services along with teeth whitening, veneers, and everyone’s favorite — fillings! Follow along below and learn how dry mouth is more of a sign of anything but true love!
Dry Mouth (xerostomia)
We all likely have experienced dry mouth and know what it feels like, but causes dry mouth?
Dry mouth occurs when our salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva, leaving your mouth parched and your tongue rough. Saliva is very important to our bodies because not only is it intimately involved in the digestion process, but it also combats tooth decay and gum disease.
You don’t want to leave dry mouth unaddressed — it could be a symptom of something more sinister — quite the opposite of true love!
What could be causing your dry mouth?
There are so many factors to what could be causing your dry mouth, and below are just a couple including:
- Stress (love is stressful, so this could be a result of your true love)
- Tobacco or cannabis use
What can you do to treat dry mouth?
If it’s not love drying out your mouth, here’s what you can do!
Drinking water throughout the day is one way to combat dry mouth. Research has shown that dehydration is a contributing factor of dry mouth, so go ahead and get a stylish new water bottle and get your daily dose of water!
Steer clear of (some) medications.
Medications are notorious for causing dry mouth and some of the biggest culprits include:
- Antihistamines (allergy medication)
- Hormone medications
- Blood pressure medications
Rethink some lifestyle habits.
We know caffeine, alcohol, smoking and sugar cause dry mouth, so better tackle dry mouth by avoiding or eliminating these things.
Don’t be a mouth breather.
We’d like to make the argument that your crush or the one that gives you butterflies, probably isn’t totally in to a mouth breather!
Breathing through your mouth not only causes dry mouth but it can also subject you to a host of other oral health issues such as cavities and gum concerns. Instead, combat dry mouth by breathing through your nose as an alternate to your mouth.
If you live in a dry area, you may be able to help your dry mouth at home by incorporating a humidifier and even adding some house plants!