Why Do I Get Dry Mouth at Night?

sleeping woman has dry mouth during the night

If you consistently notice that your mouth is bone-dry in the morning, you’re not alone. Dry mouth affects all of us occasionally, but if you often get dry mouth at night, it’s a sign that treatment is required.

How Does Dry Mouth Impact My Health?

Dry mouth can negatively affect your oral health without your knowledge. In a healthy mouth, digestion and tooth protection start with saliva. Saliva washes away leftover food parties on your teeth and gums, and enzymes in saliva break down food particles and start the digestion process. Dry mouth is a sign that saliva isn’t able to perform these functions!

What Are Some Symptoms of Dry Mouth at Night?

If you’re unsure whether you get dry mouth at night, there are some warning signs. Symptoms include bad breath, sore throat, thick saliva, difficulty chewing or swallowing, and a grooved tongue. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to take action.

What Causes Dry Mouth at Night?

Dry mouth has several causes. Regular dry mouth at night may mean that a nasal obstruction is forcing you to breathe through your mouth while you’re sleeping. Or dry mouth can be a side effect of various medications. Diabetes, pregnancy, chemotherapy, and other conditions can also cause dry mouth.

What Should I Do If I Get Dry Mouth at Night?

If you regularly get dry mouth at night, our team at Parkside Family Dental can help. We can work with you to figure out what might be causing the condition, whether it’s obstructive sleep apnea or something else. We also have some recommendations about how to alleviate dry mouth: limit your intake of caffeine and salty foods during the day, keep a glass of water next to the bed at night, and consider using a humidifier to add some moisture to your bedroom. To ask our team any questions about dry mouth or to schedule your next appointment, call us today!

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