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How can I prevent dry mouth if I have diabetes?

Some people with diabetes complain of dry mouth. This may be caused by medicines you take or if your blood glucose is high. A dry mouth can raise your chance of getting cavities. This is because there's less saliva to wash away germs and the acids they create. Your best defense is to keep your blood glucose on target. If you have dry mouth, try:

  • Drinking more water.
  • Using sugar-free gum or sugar-free candy to help keep your saliva flowing. Be careful, too much sugar-free gum or candy can add calories and cause gas or diarrhea.
  • Using saliva substitutes or special toothpastes that you can buy at the drug store.

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