Many of our patients experience dry mouth to some extent, either short or long term. The most common cause of dry mouth is prescription medication. A patient taking drugs such as an anti-anxiety, anti-depressant or blood pressure medications are likely to experience dry mouth. Aside from being uncomfortable when you have a dry mouth, it may make speech more difficult and also puts you at an increased risk for tooth decay. Your dental hygienist and dentist may be able to diagnose if you experience dry mouth at your routine visits, but if you already know you are experiencing dry mouth, take a few simple steps to keep your risk of decay as low as possible.
Drink plenty of water and avoid liquid sugars like soda, juice and energy drinks. Think diet soda or black coffee is a safe alternative to these sugary drinks? Think again! Although these do not contain sugar, they are acidic and can be significant contributors to decay and dry mouth.
Chew xylitol gum or use xylitol mints in between meals. Xylitol is a sugar alternative that will help neutralize the pH in your mouth and increase your salivary flow.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night to help keep oral tissues moist.
Talk with your friendly staff at Elmbrook family dental for suggestions on other dry mouth aids. There are many products on the market, and they would be happy to help you find one that is best for you!