Not many of us consider Dry Mouth as a major problem until it results into lack of saliva. The medical term for Dry Mouth is “Xerostomia”. This is a normal medical condition which can occur as a side effect of taking certain types of medications. However it can also be caused due to other dental problems, so do not put off the treatment.
Dry mouth which results in lack of saliva is very problematic in the long run because it is Saliva that cleans our mouth of food and bacteria while aiding in the digestive process.
Today we have found a few natural ways to help keep the mouth hydrated and avoid Dry Mouth altogether.
So scroll down to look at these simple ways to help keep your mouth free from ‘Dry Mouth”.
Drink plenty of water
One of the leading causes for Dry Mouth is dehydration. Most of us do not take care to remain hydrated through our long working days but it can be very problematic in the long run.
Doctors normally recommend to an average person to drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water every day. Calculating this into liters, it is approximately 2 liters of water per day.
Avoid caffeinated beverages
Have you ever noticed that right after you drink coffee, you feel thirsty throughout the day? The reason for this is that Coffee in it has ‘caffeine’ which is a ‘Diuretic’ which results in the fluid loss. For those who are already suffering from Dry Mouth, they should refrain from drinking coffee and tea as it can make the problem much worse.
Try eating sour food and lemons
The ‘Salivary Glands of the tongue’ tend to react under the stimulus of Sour Foods. Some of the most efficient stimulants for this case s lemon juice. You can daily drink one glass of water with half a lemon juice squeezed in it.
However, be aware as the acid in the lemon juice is harmful to the enamel of the teeth.
Avoid the use of tobacco products
Tobacco is also one of the products that you should avoid as it can hinder the production of saliva in the mouth. This is especially true for those who are also taking medicine at the same time. One of the main agents of a cigarette is “Tar” which agitates the salivary glands in the mouth.
Suck on a piece of sugar-free candy
For those who have a sweet tooth for confectionary items, sucking on a piece of sugar-free candy is the best alternative to not only stimulate the salivary glands in the mouth but also curb the cravings for eating sweets. This is the best alternative for eating sweets as the normal sugar candies can cause cavities in teeth.
Protect dry lips
It may come as a surprise but if your lips are dry then it will cause the dry mouth problems. Always keep on your person a hydrating balm or a lipstick for lips, particularly, if you suffer from chapped lips.
Maintain good oral hygiene
One of the leading causes of having problems like Dry Mouth is a person not taking care of their oral hygiene. To maintain good oral hygiene do the following tasks.
- Brush at least twice a day
- Use an oral rinse
- Chew on Sugar-Free Gum
- Make regular visits to the dentist