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How is xerostomia or dry mouth treated?

Your dentist may recommend a saliva substitute that can be used for relief from dry mouth or xerostomia discomfort. Your dentist may also recommend rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse or having a topical application of fluoride at home and in the dental office to help prevent rampant tooth decay. These products are sold over-the-counter at pharmacies.

Using sugarless gum, sugarless mints, taking frequent sips of water or using melting ice chips may help alleviate a dry mouth. Restricting intake of caffeine and alcohol also can help.
Depending upon the cause, it can be treated with medication, with mouth rinses, with lozenges, with gels, sips of liquid, and/ or oral sprays. Sometimes reducing or changing a medication under your doctor's supervision can help.

It is important not to use products that have sugar in them because people with dry mouth have a higher risk of tooth decay. Because it is anti-bacterial, I recommend patients use a lozenge or mouth spray and toothpaste with xylotol.
 

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