- Oral and mouth sores
- Rotting or decaying teeth
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
- Thrush (an oral yeast infection)
- Cracked lips and mouth
Because of the role saliva plays in oral health, cottonmouth can cause some issues to oral health.
- Sticky or a dry feeling in the mouth
- Feeling as if you just ate chalk or licked the inside of a softball glove
- Your tongue may click every time you open your mouth
Containing zinc and xylitol, these mints can be used any time of day for temporary relief of dry mouth. Zinc is commonly used to treat skin irritations while xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables which is commonly used as a sugar substitute.
Of course, there are times when cottonmouth can become more severe. In those cases, you may feel a burning sensation in your mouth and throat, your lips are dry and cracked like ball fields in August, and you could have trouble speaking, chewing or swallowing.
Xylitol is also produced naturally by our bodies and its benefits include helping prevent respiratory infections and may even strengthen bones!
Factors that contribute to cottonmouth include:
Which means it’s important to know the causes of cottonmouth and what you can do to relieve it.
- Smoking – this includes vaping or any other tobacco or cannabis usage
- Dehydration – eight cups a day will help keep dry mouth away
- Sickness, disease & medications – be sure to read the labels of medications
- Alcohol consumption – too much, too often can reduce saliva flow
- Lifestyle habits – this includes, but is not limited to cannabis use ( edibles included!)
How to get rid of cottonmouth is commonly asked by those who suffer day and night with this irritating issue. SmartMouth can help.