Verdun Dental Clinic for Dry Mouth

What To Do About Dry Mouth

This article covers ten tips to alleviate what’s known formally as xerostomia (dry mouth), an annoying, uncomfortable, and, most importantly, treatable condition. The list below will help treat the symptoms, to address the underlying cause and cure what’s drying out your mouth, talk to your Montreal dentist.

1. Chew Gum With Xylitol

Sugar in gum dries out your mouth. Xylitol offers a very sweet calory-free substitute that won’t rot your teeth.

2. Cut Back the Caffeine

Sugary soda and dark cola are bad for your mouth’s well-being in a number of ways. The sugar, acid, and caffeine cause mouth dryness. Coffee, in particular, is highly acidic. The more acid prevalent in your mouth, the more your teeth are under attack by decay. Your saliva is put to work by coating your teeth in a process called mineralization, and your mouth is left feeling dry.

3. Avoid Using Mouthwashes With Alcohol

You guessed it. Alcohol dries out your mouth. When metabolized, alcohol converts to sugar, which also has detrimental effects on your oral health. The simple solution is to seek out mouthwash made for dry mouth.

4. Stop All Tobacco Use

There are many harmful effects of smoking and chewing tobacco, and dry mouth is just one of them. You’ll do your mouth and your body a lot of favors if you choose to quit, but in the meantime, take a break to give your mouth some respite.

5. Drink More Water Let an Ice Cube Melt in Your Mouth

Chugging cold water all at once won’t do much good. Sipping water or sucking on an ice cube over an extended period of time is probably the simplest and most effective way of combating dry mouth. Remember to let the ice cube melt on its own. Don’t chew it!

6. Over-the-Counter Substitutes

Seek ingredients like carboxymethylcellulose or hydroxyethyl cellulose found in products like Biotene Oral Balance. As mentioned above, also look for products like Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray that uses xylitol.

7. Avoid Using Decongestants or Antihistamines

Antihistamines and decongestant can make symptoms worse, as do other medications that can cause dry mouth such as antihypertensives drugs, hormone medications, and bronchodilators.

8. Breathe In and Out Through Your Nose

Sound too simple? You’d be surprised how much this can help. Most people remain very unaware of their breathing habits and would benefit from taking a more active role in it. Start slowly and count your breaths. Choose a high number to set a rhythm.

9. Use a Humidifier at Night

Chronic dry mouth is a symptom. If you’re not ready to address the root cause, a humidifier may be your best new friend. Infusing moisture into your surroundings helps. This is especially true while you sleep when your body typically becomes dehydrated.

10. Avoid Acidic and Sugary Food and Drinks

Sugar and acid cause tooth decay. This happens because bacteria love sugar and are drawn by it. The sugar is then converted to acids that begin eating away the enamel on your teeth. Saliva coats your teeth, a.k.a. mineralizes your teeth to combat this process. The battle happens fast. It then repeats itself into a cycle of mineralization and demineralization caused by sugar and acid. All the while, your mouth feels parched.

Bonus: Natural and Herbal Remedies for Dry Mouth

Natural and herbal remedies are generally used in preventive care. Here, these are used for more immediate and temporary relief of symptoms. Most of these you can find at your local grocer. Some you may have more luck finding at a specialty store.

Aloe Vera

The gel insides the leaves coats and moisturizes. Also used to treat burns.

Ginger

Ginger is known as an herbal sialagogue, which means it naturally stimulates saliva production.

Hollyhock Root

Like Aloe Vera, it coats and moisturizes.

Marshmallow Root

Not the sugary puffy treat. Marshmallow root is an emollient known to help with dry mouth.

Nopal Cactus

A.k.a. prickly pear cactus is growing in popularity for its health benefits. One of which is in alleviating dry mouth.

Spilanthes

Spilanthes is a popular herb used in dentistry for various reasons. In this case, it Increases salivation.

Sweet Pepper

Like ginger is a sialagogue. It stimulates saliva production.