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Why do I feel like I have tiny grains of sand inside my lower

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Why do I feel like I have tiny grains of sand inside my lower lip and behind my teeth? Sometimes it even feels like I'm swallowing little pieces of sand even after I drink, brush, floss, rinse, it does not matter and it has been going on for over two days now. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. Mariana replied 2 years ago.

Dr Mariana :

Hi, I am here to help you,

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The symptoms you are experiencing are compatible with "dry mouth"...

Dr Mariana :

There are many causes for dry mouth, local problems, like a problem with the salivary glands,

Dr Mariana :

medications can also cause it , although I have not find any references of dry mouth caused by iron supplements

Dr Mariana :

Dehydration can also cause it...

Dr Mariana :

Other underlying systemic problems can cause xerostomia.

Dr Mariana :

My advice is to first go to your dentist to confirm your problem and see if there is any local condition that can give you these symptoms...

Dr Mariana :

But I believe it is even more important to have a physician check up to rule out any medical problems

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I hope this helps!

Dr Mariana :

Dr Mariana Levy

Customer :

I guess a check up with my PCP wouldn't hurt, but I always seem to leave more confused then when I entered the visit. Most of my questions are often answered with vague responses and they typically do not seem to deal with the cause.

Dr Mariana :

I understand… but it is the first step to get to the bottom of it..

Dr Mariana :

sometimes things like stress can give you dry mouth symptoms..

Dr Mariana :

also smoking

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alcohol..

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and , of course, as you presupposed, dehydration...

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but sometimes there can be other conditions that can give the same symptoms

Dr Mariana :

These need to be ruled out

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