Diabetic patients usually complain of excessive thirst and urination. In addition, they get hungry more than usual. Another common symptom is the diabetes dry mouth.
Is it caused by diabetes mellitus itself, or its medications?
How to treat diabetes dry mouth?
Symptoms of diabetes
Before diagnosis or at the times of inadequate treatment of diabetes mellitus the patient will complain of:
- Increased amount and frequency of urination, which eventually will lead to dehydration.’
- The continuous sensation of thirsty secondary to dehydration.
- Eating much food with excessive hunger sensation.
- Loss of weight despite eating so much.
- Repeated infections with prolonged healing times.
- Blurred vision.
- Irritability, a sense of fatigue, and weakness.
But, later on, the patient may complain of miserable manifestations if not treated properly, such as:
- Diabetic comas.
- Cataract and glaucoma.
- Heart disease.
Causes of diabetes dry mouth
Loss of body fluids because of the frequent urination can lead to dry mouth.
There are other causes of dry mouth such as oral breathing and renal failure. Moreover, dehydration and some medications can lead to dry mouth.
Once a diabetic patient feels manifestations of dry mouth, he should seek medical advice in order to identify the cause and check the blood glucose level, so can treat the cause accurately.
Symptoms of diabetes dry mouth
Saliva is needed to hydrate the mouth and facilitating speech and chewing. Moreover, it is important to keep the cleanness of the mouth and teeth, as well as preventing oral infection.
So, it is expected to hear these manifestations from people with dry mouth:
- The rough surface of the tongue.
- Cracked lips and corners of the mouth.
- Difficult speech and chewing as well as swallowing
- Infection of the mouth especially fungal infection.
- In addition, mouth ulcers and teeth infection.
Dry mouth treatment
A logical question asked by a diabetic patient is: How do I get rid of dry mouth?
- The patient should keep drinking water frequently.
- He should also brush teeth 2times a day. In addition, use flossing after meals.
- Gurgling by alcohol-free mouthwash.
- Sucking mint sugar free gummies and sweets.
- The patient should avoid excess caffeinated drinks or artificial sweeteners.
- Eating food rich in fibers well reduces the symptoms.
- Increase the amount of protein and fat in the diet.
- Apply lip balm.
Controlling the blood sugar level by adjusting the dose of insulin or oral antidiabetes medications can reduce the risk of diabetes dry mouth, as well as prevent it.
How to prevent it?
Avoid eating spicy food.
Drink sufficient amount of water.
Avoid smoking, caffeine and alcohol.