Dry mouth is typically caused by not having sufficient saliva in the mouth. If you didn’t already know, saliva is incredibly important to overall oral health as it prevents bacteria formation, infections and sores.
Here are some possible solutions to dry mouth, which is one of the most common dental problems.
Limit caffeine and hydrate
If you struggle with dry mouth, one of the worst things you can do is load up on caffeinated drinks and coffee. Caffeine is dehydrating, so it’s important to drink sufficient water to balance out this effect.
Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing gum helps stimulate saliva production. However, try to avoid sugary gum, as it can cause cavities and other oral health problems.
Find the right oral rinse and mouthwash
If you use mouthwash, check the ingredients on the back to make sure there’s no alcohol in it. Instead, look for mouthwashes that contain xylitol, an ingredient that can help increase saliva flow. You can also ask your dentist about recommendations for dry mouth on your next visit!
Pay attention to the way you sleep
Mouth breathing and sleep apnea can both contribute to dry mouth. Pay attention to your sleep habits and how you feel when you wake up. Using a humidifier while sleeping is one way to lessen dry mouth while asleep.
Stay on top of your oral health by booking your next dental appointment! Call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.