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How do I manage my dry mouth on a daily basis?

Frequent small sips of water can alleviate dry mouth. Sugar-free candy or gum stimulate saliva flow, and moisture can be replaced by using artificial saliva and oral rinses. There are also prescription medications available to treat dry mouth. Taking care of your teeth and gums and regular dental visits are important when living with dry mouth.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is caused by many different things. As such, you should avoid any medications that your doctor believes is causing your dry mouth. Try consuming water regularly and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. See your dentist at regular intervals to fight the dental decay and disease that dry mouth can cause.

There are plenty of things you can do every day to help combat dry mouth, including:
  • Drink lots of water. Sugar-free beverages are also fine.
  • Avoid caffeine. Coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine won't help relieve a dry mouth. Instead, because caffeine dehydrates, it can make dry mouth symptoms worse.
  • Avoid alcohol. Like caffeine, alcohol dehydrates.
  • Suck on ice chips. They'll not only keep your mouth moist, but ice will help sooth sores that can accompany dry mouth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candy. You'll stimulate the salivary glands in your mouth, which will help your mouth stay lubricated.
  • Don't smoke tobacco.
It is usually managed with sugar free lozenges, sprays, and sipping liquids. Because it is anti-bacterial, I recommend a xylotol product.

Eating with liquids as needed and avoiding sugar is also recommended.

I have had patients keep a mouth spray by their bedside and use a humidifier in their room during sleep.
 

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