Often overlooked, saliva is one of the most readily available defenses in your oral health army. It helps wash away leftover food particles, neutralizes acids, and controls bad breath. However, you don’t realize how important it is until you start to notice your mouth getting dry. Roughly 10 percent of the population suffers from a condition known as dry mouth. The condition can range from being mild to severe. Aging, medications, poor nutrition, systemic diseases and cancer treatment (chemo/radiation) are all circumstances that can worsen dry mouth. Our office can help work with you in figuring out what is causing your dry mouth. In some severe cases, we can prescribe an artificial saliva that may help. Below are some home remedies you can try to help with the dry mouth.
- Hydration: Regularly sipping water throughout the day will help eliminate the dry feeling. The Mayo Clinic recommend men to drink 3 liters of water and women drink 2.2 liters a day. Regular consumption of water will aid the salivary glands in producing saliva. It’s also important to limit alcoholic and carbonated beverages as these can make dry mouth worse.
- Consume Sugar Free Candy or Gum: Chewing sugar free gum or sucking on a piece of sugar free candy can help relieve symptoms by stimulating saliva production.
- Use a Humidifier:Breathing dry air in can contribute to dry mouth symptoms. Using a humidifier at night to moisten the air can help alleviate the symptoms especially at night. Breathing your nose instead of your mouth can also help cut down drying out your mouth.
- Proper Oral Care: Having dry mouth increases your chance of developing cavities and other periodontal diseases. Flossing every day removes the particles left around the gums that your saliva wasn’t able to wash away. Use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the enamel and make it harder for the bacteria to stick. In addition try changing your mouth wash to an alcohol free product. Mouthwash will alcohol may dry your mouth potentially counteracting the benefits of your mouthwash.
Remember that we are happy to help with any oral question you may have.
For all of your family, cosmetic or restorative dental needs, we invite you to contact Paris Family Dental. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (903) 732-0061! Visit us at 2333 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 to learn more about our team, our practice, and how we provide excellence in dentistry in our area.