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Dry Mouth - Eliminate Your Dry Mouth - Part 3
July 10 2017
In part one of our blog series on dry mouth, we discussed what dry mouth is. After that, in part two, we took a look at some of the most common causes of dry mouth. Unfortunately, in doing so, we learned that many of the causes of dry mouth cannot be avoided, as they are necessary parts of our lives (e.g. medications or medical treatments).
So, with that being said, how can we alleviate dry mouth without being subjected to an increase in cavities and risk of gum disease? While there is no cure for dry mouth, there are several habits you can form that will help to keep your whistle wet.
Below, Dr. Sato, in Dayton, OH, discusses several tips to help you avoid or alleviate your dry mouth.
Tip #1: You can never hydrate too much. Drinking water is important for your health and it is no different in this case.
Tip #2: Maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash as recommended will help you keep your mouth healthy.
Tip #3: Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing gum helps to stimulate your salivary glands and produce more saliva. If you chew sugar-free gum, preferably a brand that contains Xylitol, it will not have the negative health side effects.
Tip #4: Use a humidifier at night time. If you breathe through your mouth at night, and the air is dry, you will be certain to dry out your mouth. However, if the air is more moist, your mouth will not dry out as much.
Tip #5: Make use of a saliva substitute. If worse comes to worst, using a saliva substitute will help to keep your mouth healthy.
Tip #6: Continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis!
Dr. Sato hopes that these tips can help to keep your saliva flowing. In our fourth and final blog post on dry mouth, Dr. Sato will discuss some things that can actually make your dry mouth worse! Stayed tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for part four of our series on dry mouth.