Dry mouth is a common problem that occurs when you are not producing as much saliva as you need to keep your mouth moist. It is a frustrating problem that can also lead to dental complications, including an increased risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Elk Grove Village, IL general dentist Dr. Vishal Advani has the following recommendations that can help you handle your dry mouth.
Stay Well Hydrated
Sometimes dry mouth is a result of not getting enough fluids throughout the day. You should minimally drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. If you live in a dry climate or exercise, you probably need more. You can count most beverages for your daily quota, but keep in mind that anything containing caffeine can lead to more dehydration.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate the production of saliva. If you are not a fan of gum-chewing or if you have braces or dentures, you can also suck on sugar-free candies or mints.
Breathe Through Your Nose
If you are a mouth-breather, this can contribute to dry mouth. Try to breathe through your nose instead. If you are too congested to do so because of allergies or other issues, it might be time to see your family doctor to get the problem resolved.
There is a long list of reasons why smoking is bad for you and causing dry mouth is just one of them. Smoking can cause your body to slow the production of saliva, which causes bad breath as well as dry mouth. If you are struggling to quit, talk to your dentist or doctor for advice on kicking this habit.
See Your Family Dentist
If you try these at-home remedies but still struggle with dry mouth, talk to general dentist Dr. Advani in Elk Grove Village, IL. He can help you to find a solution. Call today to make an appointment!