Dry Mouth Remedies at Your Fingertips
When there is decreased saliva in the mouth, which means the salivary glands produce little amount of saliva, the condition is called dry mouth. The solution is sometimes just drinking water. Causes can range from as a side effect of certain meds, to an underlying medical condition. Here are some home remedies to alleviate dry mouth.
Drinking enough water can prevent minor dehydration. If it is not possible to drink so much water at once because it can upset your stomach, you can sip water slowly, regularly throughout the day.
Improve Oral Hygiene.
Good oral hygiene means brushing and flossing daily, as well as rinsing with water or mouthwash after meals to help wash away food particles. Cleaning the tongue by scraping is also helpful. Be sure to use alcohol-free mouthwash as alcohol can cause mouth dryness. Poor oral health can cause dry mouth, which in turn lead to poor oral health.
Sugar-free Lozenges and Gum
Sucking on sugar-free lozenges or candy and chewing sugar-free gum stimulate saliva production and flow and both are a temporary relief for dry mouth. Choose sugar-free as sweets can damage teeth. Try ginger. Ginger helps stimulate and increase saliva flow. It is available as spray, tea, and as candy. They are over-the-counter (OTC) products, just like sprays and mouthwashes that are cheap, accessible and have fewer side effects than prescription drugs.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier adds humidity to the air that you breath in a room, helping prevent dry mouth by keeping the airways and mouth moist. People who stay indoors most of the time may notice that the dry indoor air makes symptoms of dry mouth worse.
Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Use
These are mouth-drying habits you should stop. Caffeine may also dry out the mouth, so avoid sources of caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks.
Breathe through the Nose
There are people who breathe through their mouths, and that causes dryness of the airways. That may be caused by a respiratory condition, heavy exercise, or sleeping with mouths opened. A conscious effort to breathe through the nose may alleviate the symptom.
Addressing Dry Mouth Symptoms in Seattle
If you want to know more about dry mouth remedies by a professional, see us at Smile Art in downtown Seattle. Don’t just ignore this symptom as you can always get and find relief.