If you have dry mouth, you’re probably sick of the discomfort and the bad breath that results from it. As annoying as those problems are, though, they aren’t the worst thing about this condition. A lack of saliva also makes you far more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. The good news is, we can help you get rid of dry mouth.
Try making some of the lifestyle changes we’ve mentioned here. They can really help! If you are still experiencing dry mouth, we are happy to suggest some products that can offer additional relief. Call us today at 406-565-4458 to schedule your next exam in Butte, MT.
- Drink Plenty of Water – Few of us drink enough water. A rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces every day. So, for example, a 200-pounder would want to consume 100 ounces of water. Keep a water bottle near you and drink from it often. You’ll drink more if you keep bottles in spots like your car, your nightstand, and your desk at work.
- Put a Humidifier in Your Bedroom – Lots of people breathe through their mouths when they sleep. If you’re one of them, you probably often wake up with a dry mouth and throat. Keep a humidifier in your bedroom and run it throughout the night. You’ll be less likely to suffer from a dry mouth.
- Chew Sugar-free Gum – Chewing sugar-free gum can help keep saliva flowing, as does sucking on sugar-free candy. If you choose products that contain xylitol, you’ll enjoy additional oral health benefits. This sweetener actually fights cavities.
- Stop Using Tobacco – If you smoke or chew tobacco, you’ve probably noticed how it dries out your mouth. Even worse, these bad habits have been linked to many diseases, including cancer. We know it can be tough to quit. You can install an app that may help.
- Adjust Your Meds – Lots of common medications dry out your mouth, including antidepressants and antihistamines. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, ask your doctor to review your list of medications. They may be able to suggest alternatives that don’t have the same effect.
- Consume Less Alcohol and Caffeine – Caffeinated drinks like coffee and alcoholic beverages don’t quench your thirst. They actually dehydrate you. Consume less of them. Or at least drink more water to counteract their drying action.
- Practice Good Daily Oral Hygiene – If you have dry mouth, your mouth is likely to have more disease-causing bacteria. So it’s essential to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once to eliminate it. Use a toothpaste with fluoride, and make sure you brush at least two minutes every time.
We can help you get rid of dry mouth! Call Butte Family Dental at 406-565-4458 today.