What You Should Do If You Have Dry Mouth

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If you are one of the unfortunate people in the world that suffer from a chronic dry mouth, you know how frustrating and downright uncomfortable the condition can be. Dry mouth can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, dry mouth is a side effect of many different medications. What you may not know about dry mouth is what you can and should do about the condition. You should not just leave dry mouth unchecked. It needs to be treated and managed. Get to know some of the steps you should take if you struggle with a chronic dry mouth. Then, you can get started dealing with your dry mouth as soon as possible. 

Try Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

Dry mouth occurs because there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. While increasing your fluid intake can help some with your dry mouth, you cannot constantly drink liquids without it disrupting your life and routine. 

As such, you may want to invest in several packs of sugar-free gum. Chewing this type of gum will trigger the production of saliva and will help to alleviate the discomfort of dry mouth while you are chewing the gum. Just make sure that you are not chewing gum with sugar in it as the sugar can actually damage your teeth as well as make your dry mouth more severe. 

Use Dry Mouth Gels

Dry mouth gels are another option to help treat your chronic dry mouth issues. These gels are designed to help relieve some of the discomfort that you experience with dry mouth.

You put a layer of the gel on soft tissues in your mouth (like your gums) and leave it there. The gel provides a layer of protection for the tissues so that your discomfort lessens. These gels also work to moisturize the soft tissues in the process. You can purchase these gels over-the-counter online and at local drugstores. 

Visit Your Dentist

Going to the dentist is also an important part of the dry mouth treatment and management process. Dry mouth can have a major impact on the health of your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth. 

The chronic dryness can lead to gum and tooth decay as it denies the mouth needed minerals and can leave food debris on the teeth which leads to bacteria growth and the development of plaque buildup. Going to your dentist at least twice a year (maybe more often if your dentist recommends it for severe dry mouth) can help to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible and remove plaque and tartar buildup. 

Visiting the dentist regularly can also help if you do develop gum disease or tooth decay. You will be diagnosed quicker and receive treatment quicker which can save your teeth and gums and save you from needing expensive procedures and surgeries. By knowing the steps you can take when you suffer from dry mouth, you can start dealing directly with your dry mouth symptoms and get the relief you need as soon as possible. 


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