Posted on 5/20/2019 by Thomas Wold, DMD
|Does your mouth constantly feel dry? Do you suffer from bad breath and struggle with cavities or gum disease as a result of your dry mouth? If any of these scenarios sound like you, it is time to take steps to keep your mouth hydrated.
Sip on Water
Invest in a good water bottle, and plan to have it with you at all times. Sipping on water frequently throughout the day will help to keep your mouth hydrated and well lubricated. It may also prevent you from drinking other beverages that can harm your oral health, including soda and fruit juices.
Stop SmokingIf you are smoking, this could be the cause of your dry mouth, or you may simply be making the condition worse. Smoking cigarettes or cigars can aggravate dry mouth, so if you want to keep your mouth hydrated, you'll have to kick the habit.
Use a Mouth RinseAdd a fluoride mouth rinse to your dental hygiene routine if you need to keep your mouth hydrated. A lack of saliva can lead to cavities, so this rinse will help to re-mineralize the teeth for added protection.
Chew a Piece of GumChewing gum can stimulate the production of saliva, but make sure you choose a sugar-free variety. One that is sweetened with xylitol or sorbitol is your best option.
Visit Your Pharmacy
If the previous tips still haven't helped with your dry mouth, you may want to visit your local pharmacy for a solution. There are many rinses, sprays, and toothpastes available that are specially formulated to help keep the mouth hydrated in the event of dry mouth.
If you are living with dry mouth, it is important to identify the underlying cause. Give us a call today to set up an appointment. Once we determine the cause of your dry mouth, we can create an effective treatment plan.