Dry mouth is sometimes referred to as xerostomia and experts say that xerostomia is usually caused by inadequate function of the salivary glands. Dry mouth is increased due to medication or poor oral health.
An individual with dry mouth typically finds it harder to enjoy food and also dry mouth is what usually causes oral health problems such as decays and gum issues when the patient, for example, uses dentures, as this condition affects the fit of the dentures.
Dry mouth is a common problem as people get older, it is also a frequent side effect of medication, which may improve with a new prescription or an adjustment of dosage.
To relieve dry mouth:
- Sip water regularly.
- Use alcohol free mouthwashes as they help moisten the mouth.
- Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva.
- Use dry mouth gel.
- Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can make your mouth drier.
- Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
- Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth, which also offers protection against tooth decay.
- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
- Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.
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