How Do I Treat Dry Mouth?

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In order to treat dry mouth – known medically as xerostomia – you will have to determine what is causing it. You can undertake some measures to relieve dry mouth temporarily, but you will need to address its cause for the best long-term dry mouth remedy. For more information on how you can treat your dry mouth, please continue reading, then contact one of our experienced general dentistry dentists in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ today. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the symptoms of a dry mouth?

You may notice these signs and symptoms all or most of the time if you are not producing enough saliva:

  • Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing
  • Dry or sore throat and hoarseness
  • Dry or grooved tongue
  • A changed sense of taste
  • Problems wearing dentures

What can you do to relieve a dry mouth?

In order to relieve your dry mouth, you should:

  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva
  • Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can make your mouth drier
  • Not use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying
  • Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco
  • Sip water regularly
  • Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes, specifically products containing xylitol, carboxymethyl cellulose or hydroxyethyl cellulose
  • Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth
  • Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can make your symptoms worse
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  • Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier

Please be advised that for some people, xylitol, which you can often find in sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies, may cause diarrhea or cramps if consumed in large amounts.

What other steps should you take if you have a dry mouth?

Saliva is critical to maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth. Taking these steps to protect your oral health may also help your condition if you frequently have a dry mouth:

  • Avoid sugary or acidic foods and drinks because they increase your risk of tooth decay
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste after asking your dentist if you might benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste
  • Use a fluoride rinse or brush-on fluoride gel before bedtime, possibly with a custom-fit applicator that your dentist made
  • Visit your dentist at least twice yearly to detect and treat tooth decay or other dental problems

Speak with a skilled member of our team to relate your symptoms, discuss your options and begin your preferred course of treatment.

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