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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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Why is it I cant sleep for more than 2-3 hrs at a stretch and I wake up with dry mouth. Thanks.

Why is it I cant sleep for more than 2-3 hrs at a stretch and I wake up with dry mouth. Thanks.

? OSA: (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) can be the cause, you may need sleep medicine evaluation, but start with your primary doctor, also try to reduce weight if you are overweight or obese, best wishes ...Read more

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Boyfriend stated I gasp for air and choke in sleep. Does not wake me up. Very lightly snore. Wake up with dry mouth. Wake up 1-2x a night no reason.

Boyfriend stated I gasp for air and choke in sleep. Does not wake me up. Very lightly snore. Wake up with dry mouth. Wake up 1-2x a night no reason.

Need evaluation: You should be evaluated for possible gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or sleep apnea. Besides being potentially serious conditions, this could be interfering with the quality of your restful sleep. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip cause dry mouth? I wake up with dry mouth then goes away after drink water. I always swallowing thin mucus that won't come up. Can t

Can post nasal drip cause dry mouth? I wake up with dry mouth then goes away after drink water. I always swallowing thin mucus that won't come up. Can t

Mouth-breathing?: You likely have nasal obstruction as well and mouth-breathing while asleep can give you dry mouth. Consult your doctor to see if you have nasal problem and then observe whether reducing the nasal obstruction leads to improvement in your dry mouth. Dry mouth may also be caused by inflamed salivary glands presumably from an autoimmune process. ...Read more

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I'm a mouth-breather (when I sleep) and I wake up with a dry mouth. How can I stop this?

I'm a mouth-breather (when I sleep) and I wake up with a dry mouth. How can I stop this?

See an ENT: That's a good question. Many individuals breath through their mouths rather than through their nose as a result of allergies, nasal congestion, or from some anatomic blockage of the nasal cavities. The first thing that I would do is see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

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What kind of diseases could cause burning and tingling in the feet? I also wake up with very dry mouth

What kind of diseases could cause burning and tingling in the feet? I also wake up with very dry mouth

Neuropathy plus: Dry mouth means diabetes until proven otherwise. Also check B12, thyroid, B6 levels. Get a neurologist involved if you have not figured things out after these initial steps. ...Read more

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I take lisinopril. Coughing is only a problem during the night when I wake with a bone dry mouth since I started this med. Is lisinopril the culprit?

I take lisinopril. Coughing is only a problem during the night when I wake with a bone dry mouth since I started this med. Is lisinopril the culprit?

Possibly: Dry mouth and throat can be effects from Lisinopril medication. Discuss these side effects with your primary care physician to consider your choices. ...Read more

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Gerd? I've been pretty anxious also but I don't know for sure I've been burping more than usual (air) I wake up with a dry mouth

Gerd? I've been pretty anxious also but I don't know for sure I've been burping more than usual (air) I wake up with a dry mouth

Consult lung special: Without doing complete exam it would be very difficult to even 2nd guess. But I would consult my md and look for reasons why mouth is dry. Many times gerd and dry mouth together have a cause. Look for the cause. Good luck ...Read more

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Roof of mouth hurts and feels like I cant talk right. I wake up gagging from dry mouth.

Roof of mouth hurts and feels like I cant talk right. I wake up gagging from dry mouth.

Exam: Get to a dentist to get it examined ASAP. Some causes of swelling are more serious than others and a good clinical evaluation is your first step to figuring it out.. ...Read more

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I don't sleep all night I wake up sweating and dry mouth I am type 2 should I have my Lantus before I go to bed I am tired in mornings?

I don't sleep all night I wake up sweating and dry mouth I am type 2 should I have my Lantus before I go to bed I am tired in mornings?

Night sweats: Your tiredness is because of lack of sleep
Check your sugar levels when you get sweating at night. you could be getting low sugars and the insulin dos may need rectification. This not common with lotus though. You will need to see your GP for examination to rule out other causes of night sweats and in particular they have to make sure you don't have any swollen lymph glans. Also a battery of tests ...Read more

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I drink water before sleeping. Yet every morning I wake up with very dry mouth. I don't sleep with my mouth open. Not diabetic. What cud be the reason?

I drink water before sleeping. Yet every morning I wake up with very dry mouth. I don't sleep with my mouth open. Not diabetic. What cud be the reason?

Dry mouth: You may be sleeping with your mouth open even if you don't know it and for at least part of the time. Some medications cause dry mouth. When was you last dental and medical check-up? Dry mouth promotes cavities. Make sure you brush and floss properly for two minutes before you go to sleep. ...Read more

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29 male, Everytime my throat start etching then raining nose then pulmonary infection, can't be stopped unless I use the antibiotics, I'm allergic to dust I wake up very dry mouth and and I snore?

29 male, Everytime my throat start etching then raining nose then pulmonary infection, can't be stopped unless I use the antibiotics, I'm allergic to dust I wake up very dry mouth and and I snore?

See an allergist: If you have access to one in your area, you need to be put on controller medications, and? Treat your chronic sinusitis, nasal problems and possibly enlarged adenoids. If you don't have an allergist, see an ENT specialist for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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Why do I have such a dry mouth when I wake up?

Why do I have such a dry mouth when I wake up?

Could be: Many things from the simple like sleeping with your mouth open to the more complex like side effects of drugs you may be taking or the amount of alcohol ingested the previous night (alcohol metabolism takes water out of your system). If it is only in the morning and you are'normal' during the rest of the day I would not worry. ...Read more

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What does it mean to wake up with a very dry mouth?

What does it mean to wake up with a very dry mouth?

It means you are: Breathing through your mouth during sleep. If concerned you could record the sounds of your breathing during sleep or ask a partner to make note, seek evaluation if periods of not breathing are noted or if you develop a sore throat unrelieved by other measures. Keep a glass of water at your bedside in case you awaken with dry mouth during the night. Best regards. ...Read more

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Why would I wake up every morning with a dry mouth?

Why would I wake up every morning with a dry mouth?

Mouth breathing: The most common cause of early morning dry mouth is mouth breathing during your sleep. If you have nasal or sinus congestion, breathing through your nose can be very difficult or sometimes impossible. This forces us to breath through our mouth. Using a nasal spray before you go to bed may help you to breath easier through your nose and also help to reduce your dry mouth in the morning. ...Read more

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I want to know what do I have a dry mouth when I wake up?

Many possibilities: It may be as simple as you're doing a lot of mouth breathing at night but other problems could be present. Many diseases can present with a dry mouth or it may be due to medications. It would be important to know if the dryness is only when you wake or other times as well. Any other symptoms? If symptoms do persist or worsen you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How do I avoid getting a thick dry mouth when you wake up?

How do I avoid getting a thick dry mouth when you wake up?

Water ; Exam: Only to a certain extent, waking up with a dry feeling in mouth is normal as we do not get hydrated during sleep. A glass of water before bedtime may help. However, waking up with a very dry mouth may be from mouth-breathing during sleep. You may be unknowingly suffering from a lack of airway or sleep apnea. As this requires exam by professionals, ask your dentist and doctor about this asap. ...Read more

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Sometimes wake up at night with avery dry mouth and cannot move my tongue until I drink something?

Sometimes wake up at night with avery dry mouth and cannot move my tongue until I drink something?

Mouth breather?: I would suspect you sleep with your mouth open. When we sleep we all produce less saliva but mouth breathing "drys out" the mouth more. If you snore, I suspect you may have sleep apnea and you are breathing with mouth open to try to keep your airway open (natural). If you are chronically fatigued I would see your doctor and ask about getting a sleep study. You could feel much better ...Read more

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Wake up every morning and both nostrils blocked with snot and causing severely dry mouth. How can I prevent this?

Wake up every morning and both nostrils blocked with snot and causing severely dry mouth. How can I prevent this?

Cause: Before suggesting a remedy the cause of your nasal blockage has to be determined. See you General Physician or ask for referral to ENT. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant 9 weeks I wake up every mornin with a weird taste I can describe as sweet and a very dry mouth. Diabetes?

I'm pregnant 9 weeks I wake up every mornin with a weird taste I can describe as sweet and a very dry mouth. Diabetes?

Discuss with OBGYN: Right now your hormones are all over the place, but I would recommend you write down all your symptoms that develop and discuss them with your ob-gyn. Then the doctor can go over your concerns and order any tests that she feels is necessary. ...Read more

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I take several meds that cause dry mouth. I use Boitene toothpaste and mouthwash my mouth is so dry it wakes me in middle of night what can I do?

Dry mouth treatment: The treatment depends on the cause, but dry mouth is often a side effect of medication. Dry mouth may improve with an adjusted dosage or a new prescription. For example replace Phenergan (promethazine), Promethazine with Zofran. Sip water as much as you can, use OTC (xylitol) saliva substitutes, practice nose breathing.
Rec.: see your PCP for more information. Important! ...Read more

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My uvula has been swollen several times this year. It happens when I wake up from lying on my back. I also notice dry mouth. How can I reduce swelling?

My uvula has been swollen several times this year. It happens when I wake up from lying on my back. I also notice dry mouth. How can I reduce swelling?

Sinusitis possible: Seems likely to be the result of post-nasal drainage, so there may be the possibility of chronic sinusitis that could respond positively to more water and regularly eating fresh pineapple. You may also have a dietary allergy like dairy products that often cause increased sinus drainage. If the symptoms persist, however, then I think seeing your primary care provider will be important. ...Read more

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What can cause me to get dry mouth, and wake up with my tongue stuck to roof of my mouth?

What can cause me to get dry mouth, and wake up with my tongue stuck to roof of my mouth?

Mouth breathing: While sleeping the salivary glands shut down causing dry mouth. Breathing through your mouth can cause an even dryer mouth. If you are conjested, then mouth breathing will increase. ...Read more

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I wake up iin the middle of the night heart racing and dry mouth. I drink plenty thru out the day why is thiis happening to me?

I wake up iin the middle of the night heart racing and dry mouth. I drink plenty thru out the day why is thiis happening to me?

See physician: It's normal to have dry mouth at night. It's the body's way of conserving water. The racing heart is troubling though. You need to see your physician to get your heart checked asap. ...Read more

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I have allergies and every morning wake up with a very dry mouth and an intense headache which subsides 30 mins upon waking. How to treat?

I have allergies and every morning wake up with a very dry mouth and an intense headache which subsides 30 mins upon waking. How to treat?

Sleep apnea: Would need more information regarding symptoms but it sounds like you might have issues with either poorly controlled allergies (dust mite sensitivity?) and/or sleep apena problems. If you have a history of loud snoring, frequent daytime sleepiness, or other signs of sleep apnea might be worth looking into. Talk to primary doctor ...Read more

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Do we secrete saliva while sleeping? I noticed I'm not. I'm having dry mouth during nights. If I wake up I'm getting back the secretion. Is that normal

Yes: The biological significance of decreased saliva during sleep is unknown and it is unclear how the oral cavity compensates for this period of relative dryness. The amount of saliva produced is greatest during the waking hours of the day and diminishes dramatically during sleep and may represent another process in the human body that displays a circadian rhythmicity. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a headache and a dry mouth but I have AC on and I drink water before I go to sleep?

I wake up every morning with a headache and a dry mouth but I have AC on and I drink water before I go to sleep?

Dry mouth\headache: This might be related to the medications you take or you might be sleeping with an open mouth from allergies or nasal congestion. You will have to discuss this with your own physician rather than have us make educated guesses over the internet. ...Read more

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I always wake up with dry eyes, dry mouth, and feeling hungry. Does this mean anything?

No: Your description is normal. It is common to be thirsty and hungry after prolonged sleep. Try using ointment at night if dry eye in morning is bothersome. ...Read more

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Dry Mouth Syndrome (Xerostomia) (Definition)

Can be caused by loss of fluids from diarrhea or vomiting that leads to dehydration, or occasionally as a side effect of a medication. ...Read more


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