Dry mouth is an inadequate flow of saliva and can result from radiation treatment for head and neck cancers.
Increasing fluid intake sometimes can alleviate dry mouth. Your dentist may recommend using artificial saliva to keep oral tissues moist. Other remedies include:
- sugar-free gum or candy (to stimulate salivary flow)
- frequent sips of water
- alcohol-free oral rinses
- restricted intake of caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages
- regular dental checkups