In the previous post we discussed some of the causes of Xerostomia, or “Dry Mouth”. Xerostomia can cause symptoms such as:
- Cracking near the corners of your mouth
- A foul taste or bad breath that is hard to get rid of
- A burning sensation on the inside of your mouth and/or on your tongue
- Sores on the inside of your lips or cheeks
- An excessively dry feeling that makes eating, swallowing, and talking difficult
Xerostomia can quickly become a danger to your oral health when the saliva that is usually produced in your mouth is not there to dilute the bacterial acid that can decay your teeth and gums. Here are some steps to take to combat a dry mouth:
- Drink more (and mostly) water: Staying properly hydrated throughout the day is the simplest way to stave off a dry mouth. Staying away from acidic drinks such as orange juice and coffee is also a good idea. Acid and dry mouth combine to create a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria.
- Use a rinse: An alcohol-free fluoride rinse before bed can help maintain a moist mouth overnight. This also helps remineralize teeth and protect from cavities.
- Chew a piece of gum: Chewing helps aid the flow of saliva. A sugary gum can cause decay so be sure to use a sugarless variety.
- Vitamins: B vitamins help fight bacteria by improving your immune system and Vitamin C helps repair oral tissue that can be damaged as the result of dry mouth.
- Use a humidifier: Keeping the air in your bedroom moist with a humidifier can help combat a dry mouth, especially if you sleep with your mouth open.
If none of these solutions relieve the discomfort of a dry mouth you should contact your dentist for treatment.