What is Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is caused by a change in the composition of saliva or reduced salivary flow. Many different things can contribute to this condition like certain medications, infections, dehydration and cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. But dry mouth can easily be treated with a few simple lifestyle changes.
Dry Mouth Symptoms
- a sticky, dry, or burning feeling in the mouth
- trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting, or speaking
- altered taste or intolerance for spicy, salty, or sour foods or drinks
- a dry or sore throat
- cracked, peeling, or atrophic lips
- a dry, rough tongue
- mouth sores
- an infection in the mouth
- halitosis (bad breath)
- inability to retain dentures or otherwise poorly fitting removable prostheses
Dry Mouth Remedies
- Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
- Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can be drying.
- Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva.
- Don't use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can make your mouth drier.
- Sip water throughout the day to keep hydrated.
- Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.
If these tips don't help improve your dry mouth symptoms visit your dentist or doctor. Looking for an alcohol-free mouthwash?