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10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

Updated: Feb 12



Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when there is reduced secretion of saliva into the oral cavity.



Many factors can lead to xerostomia. These include medications, systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, aging, and radiotherapy for treating oral cancer.



Saliva is essential for lubricating and cleansing the oral cavity. Therefore, reduced production can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including a burning sensation, pain, cavities, problems with talking and swallowing, altered taste, and halitosis. Affected individuals have an increased tendency to traumatic oral ulcers and oral fungal infections (candidiasis).


The clinical diagnosis of xerostomia is made through a thorough clinical history and examination. Salivary flow measurements are also helpful in the diagnostic process. Depending on initial findings, laboratory tests, radiographs, and salivary gland biopsy may be indicated.



Although the management of dry mouth is individualized for each patient, the ten tips below are generalized and can help all patients impacted by dry mouth.




10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth


1. Sip water frequently to keep hydrated and prevent your mouth from drying out.

Sip water frequently. Tip 1 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

2 Suck on ice chips to soothe your mouth, improve lubrication and reduce oral burning.


Tip 2 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

3. Avoid alcohol-containing mouthwashes, which can dry out your mouth.


Tip 3 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

4. Try various dry mouth products from brands such Biotene, Xerostom, and Xylimelt.

Available products include mouthwashes, toothpaste, gels, lozenges, and sprays specially formulated to increase lubrication of the oral cavity. You may need to try different brands until you find the one that works best for you.



Tip 4 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

5. Suck on sugar-free lemon drops or candies, which can stimulate the secretion of saliva.


Tip 5 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

6. Limit your caffeine consumption.


Tip 6 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

7. Use a humidifier in the bedroom at night.


Tip 7 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

8. Quit smoking.

Tip 8 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

9. Avoid mouth-breathing, which further dries up the mouth leading to worse symptoms


Tip 9 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth

10. Limit heavy spices in food, which tends to promote oral burning sensation and discomfort.


Tip 10 of 10 Self-Care Tips for Improving Dry Mouth



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1 commentaire


Osamu Idahosa
Osamu Idahosa
02 avr. 2021

Awesome!!!

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