5 Ways to Treat Dry Mouth

5 Ways to Treat Dry Mouth

A dry mouth is something that we’ve all experienced. Therefore, to most of us it may seem like a pretty small deal. However, persistent dry mouth, known as Xerostomia, can cause a variety of problems for your dental care, including an increase in tooth decay and a rise in the occurrence of bad breath (halitosis). The presence of a chronically dry mouth indicates the absence of a very important fluid: saliva. Saliva has a profoundly positive effect on the quality of your teeth, and we need a healthy dose of it in our mouths regularly.

Risk Factors for Dry Mouth

  • Medications
  • Sjögren’s syndrome (dry eyes)
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Salivary Gland Infection
  • Dehydration

Your Treatment Plan

Dry mouth can be treated in a variety of ways:

  1. Stay hydrated by sipping water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water every two hours, starting at 6am and ending at 8pm (this can be adjusted based on your schedule).
  2. Avoid excessive caffeine, as it can dry out the mouth
  3. Limit sugary and carbonated beverages
  4. Chew sugarless gum to encourage saliva flow
  5. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash

Following these five tips should help to ensure that you won’t suffer from persistent dry mouth and experience greater dental decay. However, if you’re still having problem after trying these tips, please make an appointment immediately so that we can provide you with a thorough dental examination.

If you have any questions about your dental care or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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