Dry Mouth Relief

These are just a few tips to help with this discomfort:

  1. Eliminate or reduce caffeine, tobacco and alcohol use. Drink lots of water to remain hydrated.
  2. Eat more often (smaller meals) to stimulate salivary glands. Be sure to clean your teeth after eating!
  3. Suck on sugarless flavored lozenges.
  4. Ask your doctor if you can use a cold air humidifier in your bedroom. The cool mist will help your mouth stay moist overnight.
  5. Swab your mouth with glycerin swabs, or use CariFree Boost spray.
  6. Use Biotene products (chewing gum, mouthwash, toothpaste, moisturizing gel etc.)
  7. Purchase a small-headed electric toothbrush to perform brushing on back teeth.

Some other useful products are Mouth Kote® oral moisturizer, Salix® dry mouth relief lozenges, and Sialor® saliva-stimulating tablets. (Patients with liver or gall bladder problems should consult their physician before using Sialor®.) These dry-mouth relief products and Biotene® products (suggested above) are available or can be ordered through any pharmacy.

Dry mouth is not only annoying, it is also associated with an increased incidence of problems including a high decay rate. You should protect your teeth by using fluoridated toothpaste and a daily fluoride mouth-rinse. Dry mouth is also associated with a higher rate of oral cancer. The most common cause for dry mouth is side effects of other medicines you may be taking. It also can be a symptom of diseases such as diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome. If you have a dry mouth for an unknown reason, please check with your physician.

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