Stress affects our bodies in many ways. It triggers hormonal fluctuations, changes in appetite and mental performance. If lasted for a long time, stress may increase risks of serious health issues like heart disease, asthma, diabetes and even cancer.
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Have you ever noticed that it's difficult to swallow and speak, when you feel anxious or nervous?
The reason may be in xerostomia – uncomfortable condition, in which salivary glands in the mouth fail to produce enough liquid called saliva. It contains high number of chemicals, designed to protect your teeth, gums and fight off harmful microorganisms. In addition to this, saliva starts digestive processes and helps you chew foods.
Lack of this important fluid may result in inflammation of oral mucosal lining, Candida infection and chewing problems.
While xerostomia may be a sign of autoimmune processes (Sjorgen's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis), severe dehydration and salivary gland tumor, you may also experience it in stressful situations, when flow rate of the saliva gets reduced.
Many of us begin to breathe through the mouth, when feeling extremely anxious. This may dry out your mouth and affect saliva action.
Sometimes in fearful situations your body may take different fluids, including saliva, and bring them to the regions that need these fluids more. This may contribute to dry mouth as well.
It's also possible that dry mouth is not a symptom of stress and anxiety, but a side effect of medications used to treat these conditions (antidepressants, antipsychotics).
Specialists say that some other medicines like beta-blockers, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy drugs may impair saliva flow too.
Having dry mouth may be really unpleasant, but the good news is that you can improve it easily.
One of the best remedies is… simple water. Even if you don't suffer from dehydration, sipping water helps moisturize your mouth. It's a good idea to choose cold water, as it may be more helpful in reducing uncomfortable symptoms.
Try to avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, spicy foods and tobacco. Use a humidifier in the bedroom and don't forget to brush your teeth twice a day.
Chewing gum is another good option to stimulate your salivary glands to work better.
However the only effective way to prevent dry mouth is to overcome your anxiety and reduce stress.
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Find the strategy, which helps you cope with stress. Many people use progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing and meditation, finding that these techniques are the most powerful (and the most healthy) ways to stay calm in any situation.
You can speak with medical professional about your problem and find your best method to enhance saliva flow and steady yourself.
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