Care and prevention for dry mouth

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Dry mouth can make it difficult to talk, eat, swallow, taste food or wear dentures. In most instances, treatment at home can alleviate the symptoms. A persistent case can lead to mouth infections, dental cavities and gum disease.

What are the causes?

  • Dehydration
  • Breathing via the mouth
  • Anxiety or stress
    Dry mouth
    Frequent sips of fluids throughout the day specifically water.
  • Smoking
  • Functionality issues with the salivary glands
  • Aging
  • Medications such as diuretics, decongestants or antihistamines

Home treatment

Treatment at home can alleviate the symptoms of a dry mouth such as:

  • Frequent sips of fluids throughout the day specifically water.
  • Provide ice chips and sugar-free products such as hard candy, gum, soft drinks and frozen fruit juices. These can help keep the mouth moist without increasing the risk for tooth decay.
  • Tart foods and beverages should be consumed such as sugar-free sour candies, lemonade and dill pickles to stimulate the flow of saliva.
  • Increase intake of fluids to allow easier chewing and swallowing such as drinking water with meals.
  • Use over-the-counter saliva substitutes that can be purchased in pharmacies.


Remember that dry mouth is common but can be prevented with the following:

  • Drink up to 2 liters of water in a day. This is equal to 8 250 ml glasses of water.
  • A humidifier should be used in the house especially in the bedroom.
  • Avoid breathing via the mouth.
  • Do not use medications that can cause a dry mouth such as antihistamines, diuretics and decongestants.
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol and caffeinated beverages since they can increase dryness in the mouth.

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