Do you sense your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva? It may be due to xerostomia or dry mouth. The best thing to do is see your dentist for a proper diagnosis. While you wait for your appointment date, try these remedies.
- Drink more water. This stimulates the mouth’s salivary flow. Always have a bottled water at hand when you’re out. At home, opt for water instead of pop, juice, or other beverages. Water will help keep your mouth hydrated without any damaging effects.
- Skip the coffee and cocktails. Coffee and alcohol can cause your mouth to feel dry. Reduce intake of these beverages and remember our first tip is water should be your first choice.
- Quit smoking. No doubt about it, this is easier said than done. But if you’re already suffering from dry mouth, cigarette or tobacco use can exacerbate the condition. Smoking can cause other oral health issues too. Kick the habit at your own pace, and you’ll be grateful you did.
- Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing stimulates salivary flow. Chewing on sugar-free gum provides temporary relief of dry mouth. Ask your dental team if there’s a specific product they’d recommend.
- Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash. Mouthwash can help encourage saliva production. Hence, rinsing your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash or one that contains xylitol may help relieve dry mouth.
- Moisten your food. Consider adding broth or sauces to your recipes. Not only will this make your meals more flavourful, but it will keep your mouth hydrated and alleviate the discomfort of eating associated with dry mouth.
- Use a humidifier. Increase moisture in your home by using a humidifier. With moisture in the air, you may feel a reduction in your dry mouth symptoms.
- Maintain good oral hygiene habits. Dry mouth may indicate poor oral hygiene. It may also increase your risk of periodontal disease. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly. This will keep your mouth healthy.
- Give herbal remedies a try. There are herbs that may combat dry mouth. According to a study first published in 2015, Malva sylvestris (Common Mallow) and Alcea digitata (Boiss), can improve dry mouth symptoms. Participants of the study were head and neck cancer patients.
- Try OTC products. You may consider over-the-counter products, such as specially formulated toothpastes, to suppress dry mouth symptoms. Again, this is only a temporary fix and not a sustainable treatment for dry mouth.
There are instances when these remedies won’t be effective; for example, if dry mouth is due to a medical condition. In these cases, the underlying health issue needs to be resolved.
Certain medications can cause dry mouth, but you must not stop taking them as prescribed. Discuss with your physician first.
If you’re experiencing dry mouth or any other oral health issues, please feel free to contact us at Sandstone Dental.