You may consider dry mouth a nuisance, not a real dental problem like cavities. But it IS a problem, because a lack of saliva leads to more harmful bacteria in your mouth – which makes you more prone to decay and gum disease. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to prevent dry mouth – and none of them are too tough to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Feel free to ask us about dry mouth at your next exam. Dr. Lennon can suggest products that will help. Call 804-607-9348 to schedule an appointment in Mathews, VA or 804-455-8263 to visit us in our Deltaville office.
In the meantime, try some of our tips:
- Stay Hydrated – The most important tip to avoid dry mouth is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle handy and take sips frequently. Hydration is key!
- Limit Caffeine and Alcohol – Beverages like coffee and alcohol can contribute to dehydration and worsen dry mouth symptoms. Try to reduce your intake or balance them with water to stay hydrated.
- Breathe Through Your Nose – Breathing through your mouth can dry it out quickly. Whenever possible, breathe through your nose to keep your mouth naturally moist.
- Add a Humidifier to Your Bedtime Routine – If you tend to breathe through your mouth while sleeping, it can lead to dry mouth in the morning. Consider using a humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture to the air.
- Chew Sugarless Gum or Suck on Sugarless Candy – Chewing gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can stimulate saliva production and keep your mouth moist. Look for products with xylitol, as it has additional benefits for oral health.
- Avoid Tobacco – Smoking or chewing tobacco can contribute to dry mouth. Quitting or reducing tobacco use not only improves your overall health, but it can also alleviate dry mouth symptoms.
- Review Your Medications – Some medications can cause dry mouth as a side effect. If you notice dry mouth symptoms after starting a new medication, consult your doctor to explore alternative options or adjustments.
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene – Maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine is crucial. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and don’t forget to floss daily. A clean mouth reduces the chances of bacteria buildup that can worsen dry mouth.
These tips provide you with a good starting point to help prevent dry mouth. But remember, everyone’s experience may vary. It’s essential to consult Dr. Lennon if you have persistent or severe symptoms. Keeping a regular schedule of exams is critical, so he can detect any issues early.