Dry mouth is often caused by
- Auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus.
- Chronic ailments like that are diabetes and Parkinson's disease.
anxiety, stress, and depression can decrease saliva.
Radiation therapy and other
cancer treatments are also triggers.
It is difficult to cure dry mouth, if caused by a disease. but it can be relieved
. Here are some suggestions that can help you.
Try Sugarless Delight :
Chew on a piece of sugarless gum, or suck on a piece of sugarless hard candy for
5 to 10 minutes every two hours. This can help stimulate your salivary glands so
you will have a more sustained flow of fluid in your mouth.
Brush for Hygiene :
If you have dry mouth, your teeth and gums are more susceptible to infection,
which not only leads to tooth loss but also can make your mouth feel drier. So it
is important to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day.
Avoid Alcohol :
Alcohol is another factor that dries the mouth. So, stop your alcohol consumption.
Be wary of hidden alcohol in medicines and mouthwashes, which can be as high as
26 percent alcohol. As an alternative, look for alcohol-free mouth rinse.
Use a Humidifier :
This can add much needed humidity to the air and prevent you from waking up
with dry mouth. You will find vaporizers in most of the pharmacies or variety stores.
Bring Water Bottle :
Frequently sip water, this will help keep your mouth lubricated.
Avoid Aerated Drinks :
Aerated drinks are not thirst quenchers because the acid in sodas and other
carbonated drinks further drys out your mouth and can damage your teeth and gums.
Limit Your Caffeine Intake :
Overindulging in caffeine will worsen a dry mouth . Limit yourself to one
cup of coffee or tea a day.
- Suck on a ice cube to keep your mouth hydrated .
- Avoid salty food.
Eat fibre rich food, they stimulate salivary secretion.
- Stay away from rich, spicy and acidic food, since they dry the mouth.