If you have enough saliva
Your dentist all the medications and supplements you are taking and all other aspects of your medical history
Pay particular attention to your oral hygiene
Use milder, more gentle-flavored toothpastes and rinses
Use sugar-free or Xylitol gum to stimulate saliva production help keep your mouth moist
Dry mouth can lead to increased dental disease. See your dentist and dental hygienist regularly.
- a feeling of dryness,
- difficulty eating, swallowing, and speaking, and
- possible alterations in taste.
|Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing stimulates the saliva glands|
|Take frequent and small sips of water. Too much water, however, can be a disadvantage as it rinses away any natural lubricants that the salivary glands may have produced|
|Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses; the alcohol causes dryness and often gives a burning sensation on the dry tissues|
|Avoid all tobacco use|
|Try dry mouth products—they often contain lubricants and have gentle flavors that do not ‘burn’|
|Use a room humidifier to help relieve night dryness|
|Apply glycerin or lanolin to your lips|
For help in preventing dental problems associated with dry mouth:
- Seek the advice of your dentist or dental hygienist.
- Take extra oral hygiene care at home to control caries development. Brush thoroughly at least twice a day with a high quality toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and clean between the teeth with an interdental brush or dental floss at least once a day. Look for gentle flavored toothpastes, as strong flavors can leave a burning sensation.
- Use a fluoride mouth rinse before bed to protect your teeth while sleeping.