People often ask me if there is a Dry Mouth Remedy available, and if so what is it? Well first you need to find what is causing your Dry Mouth and find the path right for your to remedy it.
Saliva is needed to moisten and clean our mouth and help in the digestion of food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. Lack of saliva causes dry mouth and discomfort.
What causes dry mouth (Xerostomia)?
- Side effects of certain medications for the following:
- Depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, obesity, acne, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diarrhea, nausea, psychological disorders, asthma, and Parkinson’s disease
- Side effects of certain diseases and infections such as:
- Sjogren’s Syndrome, AIDS, stroke, Alzheimers, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis
- Side effects of certain medical treatment such as:
- Damage to salivary glands during radiation
- Therapy to the head and neck region
- Nerve damage
- Dry mouth could be caused as a result of nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery
- Surgical removal of the salivary glands
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Mouth breathing
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
- A sticky, dry feeling of the mouth
- Frequent thirst
- Sores in the mouth
- Sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth, cracked lips
- A dry feeling in the throat
- A burning/tingling sensation in the mouth and tongue
- Dry, red, raw tongue
- Problem with speaking
- Difficulty swallowing and tasting
- Bad breath
- Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
Dry mouth can be a problem if you are a denture wearer; your denture will not be able to stay in place and will cause soreness in the denture bearing area. It is a problem if you have your natural teeth by causing gingivitis and tooth decay, mouth infections such as thrush.
However, it is correctable.
If you are taking medication causing dry mouth, speak to your Doctor; by adjusting the dose or changing the medication this could be your dry mouth remedy. There are oral rinses, gels, tooth pastes, gums, and sprays that could be used. Some are by prescription and some are not. There are medications such as Salagen (Pilocarpine Hydrochloride) that could be prescribed.
Other helpful hints:
- Sucking on sugar free citrus candies
- Chewing sugar free gum
- Drinking plenty of water
- Brush your teeth with fluoride containing tooth paste
- Use a fluoride rinseVisit your Dentist more often to help with your natural teeth
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