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How do I treat dry mouth if I'm pregnant?

A dentist or doctor can determine if dry mouth, or xerostomia, is the result of dehydration, hyperglycemia, infection, or some other cause. Once the cause is determined, it can be treated more effectively. There are things you can try, too, especially if the cause of your dry mouth is not known:
  • Stay hydrated, and sip water throughout the day
  • Avoid food and drinks that you know dry out your mouth or can cause a diuretic effect, such as coffee or caffeinated soda or soft drinks
  • If you chew gum or mints, only use sugarless products
  • Saliva substitutes are sold over-the-counter at pharmacies nationwide
  • Over-the-counter fluoride mouth rinses may also help, under the guidance of your dentist

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