5 quick tips for beating dry mouth

October 2, 2015

If you're suffering from xerostomia, or dry mouth, talk to your dentist and follow these tips.

5 quick tips for beating dry mouth

1. Review your meds with your doctor

Drugs that can cause reduced saliva production include antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, and diuretics. Ask if you can change prescriptions or cut back.

2. Test drive the dry-mouth helpers

  • Artificial saliva products, available as sprays, swabs, and rinses, can make your mouth more comfortable.
  • Some even have fluoride or calcium to protect your teeth.
  • Try several. The best one is the one you'll use most frequently.
  • In addition, ask your dentist about special chewing gums that contain enzymes similar to those in real saliva.
  • Dry-mouth toothpastes may also help. They claim to also fight bacteria and soothe gum irritation.

3. Carry your favourite candy

Sucking on sour candy and chewing gum both stimulate saliva. Taste-test different flavours and take your favourite wherever you go.

4. Chew gum

  • Xylitol, a sugar alcohol made from substances found in birch trees and other woods, may help lower levels of cavity-producing acids. Even if xylitol levels are low, they may help somewhat.
  • Sugar-free gum can also help remove bits of food stuck deep in crevices on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

5. Sip on some water

  • Buy a water bottle with a shoulder strap — then fill it, slip it on, and go.
  • Sipping water throughout the day can help remedy decreased saliva.
  • Tote your own so you've always got a no-cost supply at the ready.
  • Carry your bottle messenger–style. Simply hooking the strap over your shoulder, as you would a handbag, could lead to neck and back pain.

Saliva is a key ingredient for a healthy mouth. Not only does it help moisten and cleanse, it also helps prevent infection by controlling bacteria.

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