Dry Mouth Treatments


What is Dry Mouth:

We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for dry mouth.

Dry mouth is the condition of not having enough saliva (spit) to keep your mouth wet. The technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia. Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while, if they are nervous, upset, under stress.


Symptoms of Dry Mouth:

* A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
* Trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting, or speaking
* A burning feeling in the mouth
* A dry feeling in the throat
* Cracked lips
* A dry, rough tongue
* Mouth sores
* An infection in the mouth

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What Causes Dry Mouth:

Dry mouth can be a result of nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery. Conditions that lead to dehydration, such as fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss, and burns can cause dry mouth.

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Dry Mouth Remedies:

1. Chew on sugar free gum or suck on hard, sugar free candy to stimulate the salivary glands to produce saliva.

2. Drink plenty of water and sugarless drinks. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, which can dry out the mouth.

3. Avoid salty and spicy food as they can irritate the mouth.

4. Veer away from alcohol and tobacco.

5. Make use of a humidifier or room moisturizer at night to moisturize the air in the room.

6. To help you lubricate your mouth, consult your dentist for artificial saliva substitutes.

7. If one has a habit of breathing by mouth, he should stop it as it can cause dry mouth.

8. One of the efficient dry mouth remedy is over the counter saliva spray which can also be used to increase the saliva.

These were some of the simple and easy to put into practice dry mouth remedies. I hope these will be helpful in overcoming dry mouth.



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