What to Do If You Have Chronic Dry Mouth

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Dry mouth is annoying in and of itself, but the consequences can be rather detrimental to your dental health; you may develop cavities, a mouth infection, halitosis or even gum disease. Treatment of dry mouth usually starts with identifying the cause; this can be your medication, an excess of tobacco or alcohol, a certain disease such as Parkinson’s or HIV, or other things.

Sometimes you may find that the way to get rid of your dry mouth may cause other problems that just aren’t worth it. Or you may find that it will take time to cure it. If this is the case, it can be a bit rough to handle. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to temporarily relieve your symptoms. One fantastic but little-known option is to try a saliva substitute.

Saliva substitute products can come as sprays, rinses, gels or lozenges. You may want to try a few variants before you settle on what you like best. A prescription is not required. However, saliva substitutes are often hard to find on local drugstore shelves. Ask your pharmacist or simply order them online. Before your first use, we recommend that you carefully read the directions on the packaging. To allow the artificial saliva to adequately clean and nourish your teeth and gums, do not to eat or drink for at least 15 minutes after use.

If you want more tips on dry mouth remedies, you can call Sylvia A. Spradlin in Olathe, Kansas at 913-780-0123. You are welcome to ask our dental staff anything or to arrange an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Sylvia A. Spradlin. We are happy to help.