There is Hope! Looking for home remedies for dry mouth?
As a dental hygienist, one of the top complaints, especially in the older population is dry mouth. So many people suffer from dry mouth. This can be an extremely uncomfortable situation and can lead to many dental problems.
Fortunately, there are now some pretty amazing health products that can help! Always consult your dentist to make sure there are not underlying oral health issues.
What is Dry Mouth? Dry Tongue?
Dry Mouth is when your mouth feels dry and tacky feeling, because you are producing little to no saliva. Dry Mouth is also called Xerostomia. This can affect 1 in 4 adults. Most often, a dry tongue is involved as well.
Dry Mouth Causes
Common Dry Mouth Symptoms
- Dry Mouth with little to know saliva
- Bad breath
- Chapped lips
- Feeling of thirst
- Difficulty eating and drinking due to dryness?
Saliva plays an incredibly important role in the health of our mouth. If you do not have any saliva it can be difficult to eat and drink properly. Along with that, this can lead to dehydration. It can be difficult to talk and communicate if your mouth is dry. Additionally, dry mouth and dehydration can lead to embarrassing issues such as bad breath.
Saliva has antibacterial properties and helps clean the mouth. Saliva helps to balance the pH levels in the mouth. Without saliva, you are more likely to get tooth decay. Not only are you more likely to get cavities, if your mouth has no moisture to it, the soft tissues in your mouth may become damaged as well.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
Most often, dry mouth is caused by certain medications. Many people these days take more than one medication and that can exacerbate dry mouth problems. Dry Mouth can also be caused by certain diseases and medical treatments such as cancer.
Causes of dry mouth at night can often be from mouth breathing as well. I have often heard complaints of dry mouth with anxiety issues as well.
Dry Mouth Remedies
Biotene is a dental care brand that focuses on dry mouth and oral care products. People have had some pretty spectacular results. In fact, many people finally get full relief from there ever so aggravating dry mouth symptoms.
Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse– Contains ingredients to help keep your mouth lubricated and soothed. Freshens breath, sugar free, alcohol free, helps balance pH and can be used up to 5 times daily.
Biotene Moisturizing Spray- helps relieve symptoms instantly! Simply spray this moisturizing lubricant and it will help freshen breath and relieve dry mouth symptoms. Convenient to take on the go! Sugar and alcohol free.
Biotene OralBalance Moisturizing Gel– ultra concentrated formula designed to be long lasting! Spread about a half an inch onto the tongue and spread it around with your tongue. Soothing relief up to 4 hours! Sugar and alcohol free.
4 Home Remedies for dry mouth
- Stray hydrated- drink plenty of water
- Maintain good oral health
- Suck on dry mouth lozenges
- Use sugar free xyltiol products
At home you can do a few things to help with dry mouth. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. This will help keep your mouth lubricated. Maintain good oral health to prevent cavities from dry mouth. Suck on dry mouth lozenges and sugar free xylitol products to help with salivary flow.
If you want optimal oral health, check out my other articles about my other favorite oral care products!
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Kelly Hancock, RDH