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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Dry mouth in AM (I sleep with my mouth open), throat clicks when I swallow until I drink water. What part of throat causes this & why hydration helps?

Dry mouth in AM (I sleep with my mouth open), throat clicks when I swallow until I drink water. What part of throat causes this & why hydration helps?

Mouth breathing: Chronic mouth breathing can not only affect your quality of life, but also your life causing major health problems. Nose breathing is very important. Clicks could come from Thyroid, larynx or TMJ. See ENT for evaluation laryngoscopy and cause for the mouth breathing. ...Read more

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Can sleeping with your mouth open cause whiteness in your mouth and on the back of your throat an dryness in your mouth a lot ? Thanks.

Can sleeping with your mouth open cause whiteness in your mouth and on the back of your throat an dryness in your mouth a lot ? Thanks.

Sure: But everybody sleeps at least part of the night with the mouth open--that's why your body shuts down saliva flow while sleeping. The "whiteness" can be from mediations, bacterial/fungal infection, or dehydration. Before bed: floss and brush your teeth, use a tongue scraper and rinse with an anti-microbial rinse like listerine. Check with dentist if not gone in two weeks or symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Could sleeping with your mouth open cause a sore throat?

Could sleeping with your mouth open cause a sore throat?

Yes: Sleeping with an open mouth allows your mouth and throat lining to dry out -- possibly getting sore. However, you also might be mouth breathing from congestion due to an oncoming URI which brings sore throat with it -- or allergies which might do the same. ...Read more

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I sleep with my mouth open and the fan on and can't seem to find a cure for my dry throat. What could be the problem?

I sleep with my mouth open and the fan on and can't seem to find a cure for my dry throat. What could be the problem?

Stuffy nose?: Your throat will dry out if you breathe through your mouth through the night. You would generally do so if you can't breathe through your mouth. Some medications can dry your throat. Harsh toothpaste can dry your throat. Try biotene mouthwash and toothpaste. See an ent. ...Read more

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Hi I have very bad sinus and have to breath and sleep with my mouth open and it makes my throat hurt because it get dry .What can I do or take .

Hi I have very bad sinus and have to breath and sleep with my mouth open and it makes my throat hurt because it get dry .What can I do or take .

Sore throat: If you have an acute infection, decongestants in the short term will help you breath, but they may keep you up at night. Alternatively, decongestant nasal spray would help. Another easy fix is raising your head in bed. If it is a long term issue, i wouldn't use decongestants as they can raise blood pressure. I would consider seeing you doctor for this problem if it has been going on a while. ...Read more

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What can I take for my sore throat? Can sleeping with my mouth open cause this?

What can I take for my sore throat? Can sleeping with my mouth open cause this?

Sore throat: If yo sleep wiht your mouth open it could dry up you mucosa in the mouth and predispose you to infection but a lso may cause your throat to feel dry and sore. If you have nay pus over your tonsils or redness in your throat call yor doctor and be seen. You could try salt water gargles to see if it helps. ...Read more

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How do you heal the sore throat from sleeping with my mouth open?

How do you heal the sore throat from sleeping with my mouth open?

Dry throat : It may seem obvious, but moisturize your mouth and throat by drinking plenty of fluids. Biotene products are helpful over-the-counter products and there are a variety of things that can be used for dry mouth and dry throat. An important question is why are you mouth breathing? Is there a nasal congestion or nasal obstructive problem? You may want to see an ENT doctor to evaluate your airway. ...Read more

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My sore throat is to the point where it hurts so bad i wake up from my sleep in sheer pain. I also tend to sleep with my mouth open.

My sore throat is to the point where it hurts so bad i wake up from my sleep in sheer pain.  I also tend to sleep with my mouth open.

You should see your: doctor. You could have strep throat or a viral infection. Sleeping with your mouth open can cause dryness, which can be irritating and uncomfortable, but usually wouldn't cause "sheer pain." The best way to tell what's going on is to see yoru doctor. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more