Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I have dry mouth. Now what?

Just as the causes of dry mouth are varied, so are the treatments. Depending on what your dentist and/or physician thinks the root issue is, you may be able to get rid of your dry mouth with one of the following methods:
  • Switching to a different medication or changing your current dosage
  • Using artificial saliva to moisten your mouth
  • Taking a medication that helps stimulate the production of saliva
In addition, small changes to your lifestyle can help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth. Many experts suggest increasing your intake of water, and sipping it throughout the day. You should also avoid beverages that dry out your mouth, such as those with caffeine. Other home remedies include chewing gum to stimulate the production of saliva; using a humidifier to improve dry air in your home; breathing through your nose as much as possible; and avoiding salty and spicy foods. As always, be sure to consult with a dentist on your True Care Advantage plan before making any significant changes.


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