If you have dry mouth, there may be multiple factors that are causing your symptoms. When our dentists treat dry mouth, their main focus is to learn what the root cause of your symptoms is, so they can help.
The symptoms of dry mouth can be the result of a multitude of factors ranging from what medications you are taking, to how often you hydrate.
Dry Mouth Prevention
- Drink plenty of water
- Consider a humidifier at night
- Chewing sugarless gum
- Use, if possible, acid-tasting, sugarless (diabetic-type) candies
- Try sucking a cherry or the rind of a lemon or lime to stimulate saliva
How to protect the hard and soft tissues of your mouth
Your hygienist will show you how to properly brush your teeth; brush after every meal and use dental floss daily
- Scrape your tongue daily
Use a fluoride toothpaste daily
- Limit high sugar foods and also watch your intake of high carb foods, which tend to linger on your teeth and gums
- Avoid or decrease your intake of spicy, salty or very acidic foods
- Do not smoke
- Limit alcohol
- Decrease your intake of caffeine
Chew your food slowly and thoroughly, and sip water with it before swallowing
Dry Mouth Treatment
- Managing any underlying medical conditions causing dry mouth
- Preventing tooth decay
- Increasing the flow of saliva, if possible
If you suffer from dry mouth it may be necessary for you to come for additional dental-checkups. Our friendly hygiene team will walk you through your treatment plan.