Battle Dry Mouth With These 5 Solutions
- January 15, 2015
Dry mouth is a very serious condition for smiles because saliva plays such an important role in protecting you from decay. Your saliva rinses your mouth of food particles, but it also has properties that fight and kill bacteria. Without that protection in your mouth, you will see an increase in decay. Take a look below for some things you can do to prevent and protect yourself from dry mouth symptoms.
Drink More Water – Hydrating with water is extremely important for saliva production. If you are dehydrated, you can’t produce enough saliva to protect your smile. Keep a bottle next to you at all times and take sips throughout the day.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum – Chewing can actually cause your mouth to produce saliva, but you can’t sit around and eat all day. Instead, you can chew sugar-free gum. It will not only produce saliva, but it will freshen your breath and strengthen your jaw muscles.
Sleep With a Humidifier – Your body tends to lose hydration during the long night hours. You can combat this with a cool mist humidifier, which will moisten your mouth while you sleep!
Switch Your Prescription – Many dry mouth symptoms are caused due to prescription medications. If that is affecting you, you will want to speak with your doctor to see if you can switch prescriptions.
Schedule an Appointment – If none of the above are working, it is time to schedule an appointment. There could be something much more serious happening in your smile.
Contact us today with your questions or to schedule an appointment. We would love to hear from you and to help you have a happier, healthier smile!