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Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth When You Wake Up

Posted on 2/10/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth When You Wake UpWaking with a sticky mouth due to your mouth being overly dry is not an uncommon oral health issue and can be caused by a number of things.

Along with dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, you may also wake with a parched and sore throat, as all areas of your mouth are affected by dry mouth, especially when you sleep. However, there are things you can do both when you wake up in the morning, as well as on a consistent basis, to help remedy a parched, sticky mouth.

Why Do I Wake Up with a Sticky Mouth?

Although waking with a dry, sticky mouth is uncomfortable, it usually isn't due to a serious condition. However, if you experience more concerning conditions, such as a burning sensation, problems chewing, speaking, or swallowing, or a thick, leathery tongue, it's important to get in touch with our office as soon as possible.

Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth

If you have dry mouth due to a medical condition or medications, talk with your physician about options other than home care approaches to help with your dry mouth. He or she may also recommend a prescription saliva substitute or stimulant to reduce your dry mouth.

Aside from staying on top of professional medical and dental care, the number one thing you can do for your oral health aside from regular brushing and flossing is to always carefully monitor and manage your overall health. This includes drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day to stay adequately hydrated.

You can also ask your dentist about a prescription toothpaste specifically for dry mouth. To relieve a sticky mouth in the morning and throughout the day, try sucking on sugarless hard candy or chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow. Also, make sure that your mouthwash doesn't contain alcohol, which can worsen the symptoms of dry mouth.

It's important to try to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth as much as possible, and these recommendations will typically help. Always keep an eye on your teeth and gums if you have persistent dry mouth, as the condition can contribute to dental caries and gum disease. Don't hesitate to schedule a visit with our office if your symptoms of dry mouth worsen or are interfering with your chewing and swallowing.

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