Dry Mouth Symptoms, Causes and What You Can Do At Home To Relieve it.
Dry mouth is more common then you might think. Apparently 86% of people experience dry mouth daily. Dry mouth, technical term is Xerostomia.
Xerostomia (dry mouth) is not a a decease, but rather a symptom caused by salivary glands not producing enough saliva in your mouth to keep it from drying. Dry mouth can occur with age, while taking certain medication or as a result of cancer treatments. Lack of proper hydration is the most common reason for dry mouth.
Saliva is not only responsible for your mouth to stay hydrated, it also prevents tooth decay, neutralizing acids produced by bacteria, which in turn limits grows of unwanted bacteria in your mouth and washes away food particles. Saliva enhances your abilities to taste and helps with chewing and swallowing food. Finally, enzymes in saliva assist in digestive process of your food intake.
Dry mouth can range from very minor and barely noticeable to very severe, especially while taking some medication. In severe cases dry mouth can cause major impact on your general and oral health, effecting your teeth and gums, reflecting on your appetite and enjoyment of food. Treatment of Dry Mouth depends on the cause.
Dry Mouth Home Remedies
- When drinking water sip on it and use sugar-free drinks. Other option is to suck on ice chips throughout the day to help moisten your mouth. When eating - drink plenty of water to help with chewing and swallowing
- Choose sugar – free gum or sugar -free hard candies. Look for products that contain xylitol – it may help prevent cavities. (Note: In rear cases products containing xylitol may cause gas or diarrhea if consumed in LARGE amounts).
- Remember to breath though your nose, not your mouth. If dry mouth occurs during your sleep at night you may need to seek treatment for snoring. Consult your physician.
- Moisture your lips and soothe dry or cracked areas.
- Add moisture to your room at night with use of room humidifier.
- You can try over the counter saliva substitutes that contain same ingredient, xylitol. Some of those products are Biotene Oral Balance Moisturuzing gel, Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Sprays, contain carboxymethylcellulose or hydroxyethyl cellulose to help saliva production.
Want To Reduce Symptoms of Dry Mouth?
- Alcohol and caffeine cause dryness and irritation of your mouth.
- Do not use mouthwash containing alcohol
- Stop or reduce use of tobacco – smoking, chewing, causes dry and irritates your mouth
- Sugary foods and candies increase the risk of tooth decay and cause dry mouth.
- Salty or overly spicy food can cause irritation and dry mouth symptoms
- Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants. These can worsen your dry mouth.
Saliva is essential part when it comes to maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth. Taking these steps will not only protect your teeth, but will help you with dry mouth condition:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your Teeth
- Use a fluoride rinse or brush-on fluoride gel before bedtime
- Ask your dentist if you can benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste, or toothpaste containing betaine or a tooth gel to neutralize bacteria acids.
- Easiest oral health tip – see your dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth examined and plaque removed, which will help prevent tooth decay and keep your mouth healthy and moist.
Lakefront Family Dental will be happy to schedule you in for regular dental check up and answer any questions you may still have about dry mouth.
Visit us at 2128 Old Lakeshore Rd, Burlington or call us at 905-635-1100 to book your appointment today.