Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the feeling you may experience when you do not have enough spit or saliva in your mouth. Dry mouth is not a condition, but instead, is a symptom of a condition. Saliva is important for the mouth as it keeps the mouth and the teeth healthy. It maintains moisture in the mouth and removes food. The lack of saliva can cause bad breath, oral hygiene issues such as tooth decay and cavities, discomfort, and trouble with swallowing. Dry mouth is surprisingly common, affecting one in five adults and they are more likely to be taking medications for it. Want to find out how to treat dry mouth? Get an online consultation with The Teledentists!

Know More about Dry Mouth

Dry mouth occurs when there is something that causes your salivary glands to produce less saliva. Common causes of dry mouth are radiation therapy and medication. There is a list of medications that have dry mouth as a side effect. If you noticed that the symptom is excessively affecting you, you should consult your doctor immediately to swap out your medication.

Dry mouth can also be remedied at home if the situation is not as severe. Sucking and chewing help stimulate saliva flow. Try sipping on water or other sugarless fluids frequently throughout the day. Ice cubes or sugar-free ice pops can also help.

How We Can Help with Dry Mouth

To help combat dry mouth, we at The Teledentists recommend products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes made for dry mouth, artificial saliva products, and lip balms. Take note that mouthwashes with peroxide and alcohol can dry out your mouth even more. Make sure to check before purchasing your mouthwash! If possible, you should also avoid acidic, salty, dry, and sugary foods if the issue persists. We might even provide cevimeline and pilocarpine based on the severity of your situation.

Here are other ways of treating dry mouth:

  • Take a sip of water before swallowing tablets or capsules as the water moistens your mouth.
  • Consume your medication at night instead of in the morning. Dry mouth at night is more prone to cause dental problems like cavities.
  • Avoid antihistamines and decongestants if possible.
  • Avoid under-the-tongue medicines and try easy-to-swallow formulas.

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