Four ways combat dry mouth

By February 6, 2015 Doctors Notes No Comments

Do you have a sticky dry feeling in your mouth? Do you have trouble swallowing, chewing and tasting food?

Dry mouth is a common problem affecting about twenty five percent of the adult population. Common causes of dry mouth include: medications, disease, radiation and chemotherapy. Dry mouth can lead to serious dental problems, including cavities and gum disease.

Four ways to combat dry mouth:

1. Drink lots of water.  This will help keep gum tissues and teeth hydrated.
2. Avoid mouthwash with alcohol because they can be drying.
3. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Fluoride helps protect teeth against bacteria.
4. Try over the counter remedies that increase saliva flow such as Biotene, Caphasol or Optimoist. Foundin the toothpaste isle at your drug store.