Dry Mouth Relief
These are just a few tips to help with this discomfort:
- Eliminate or reduce caffeine, tobacco and alcohol use. Drink lots of water to remain hydrated.
- Eat more often (smaller meals) to stimulate salivary glands. Be sure to clean your teeth after eating!
- Suck on sugarless flavored lozenges.
- Ask your doctor if you can use a cold air humidifier in your bedroom. The cool mist will help your mouth stay moist overnight.
- Swab your mouth with glycerin swabs, or use CariFree Boost spray.
- Use Biotene products (chewing gum, mouthwash, toothpaste, moisturizing gel etc.)
- 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.