The condition "dry mouth" and what to do about it

How can I resolve my problems with a dry mouth?

Dry mouth is quite common and can be caused by a number of factors. If this is something that happens regularly, then it is worthwhile visiting your doctor to ensure that there is no underlying problem that needs treating. Another option would be to consult a good dentist in case you have a gum infection such as gingivitis. If you only have dry mouth occasionally though, the following tips may help you.

Chewing Gum

Make sure that you use sugar free gum to avoid dental decay and you will find that chewing it increases the amount of saliva in your mouth. Beware though; chewing gum can make you hungry too!

Quit Smoking

Smoking is well known as one of the worst things that you can do for your mouth and your body in general (even heroin does less physical damage although that's another story). Smoking will significantly increase the chance of infections in the mouth and if you smoke, it may be that this is what has happened.

Caffeine

Cut down on your caffeine intake, because, as a diuretic, it can dehydrate us if we don't ensure that we have a sufficient intake of water.

Drugs for colds and Hay Fever

Both decongestants and antihistamines are known to have a drying effect, which is how they work. It may be that you need this for a short period, perhaps when the pollen count is high but it is best not to use them long term.

Breathe Correctly

Too many of us breathe through our mouth. This causes dryness, so try to breath through the nose as much as possible; it is what it’s there for after all.

Brush your teeth

Like smoking, failure to brush your teeth regularly is likely to increase the chance of an infection of your gums and mouth and this may be causing your dryness. If this is the case, you need to see a dentist to get it treated.

Don’t forget though that if you try the above tips and find that you still have regular dryness in the mouth, it could be something more serious. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure can also have this symptom so it is best not to ignore it and to arrange to see your doctor. The chances are that it is something quite simple but it is better to be safe than sorry and early detection will mean a better chance of treating it effectively.