Posted by DR. CHRISTINE Y. LEE on Mar 18 2021, 08:02 AM
Have you ever had a dry mouth? Most people experience a dry mouth at least once in a while. It is a condition in which the salivary gland doesn't produce enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth is also known as "Xerostomia."
Here we are going to discuss the helpful tips and tricks to prevent the occurrence of dry mouth.
Water can flush down the food debris in the mouth and encourage the flow of saliva. Drink plenty of water instead of juices, carbonated drinks, coffee, and sports drinks. Sip water at regular intervals; it's helpful for keeping your mouth wet.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients. Apples and carrots serve as a natural teeth cleaner. It will help to scrub the teeth' surface and massage the gums.
During the nighttime, there is a chance of developing a dry mouth, especially if you breathe through your mouth. Using a humidifier can reduce discomfort and improve sleep.
The chewing action can encourage the flow of saliva and also reduce bad breath.
If you feel like any of your medications are causing dry mouth, talk to your dentist and physician about changing them. Try to avoid antihistamines and tablets like decongestants.
Mouthwashes can trigger dry mouth. Try to use an alcohol-free mouthwash; it will not affect the moisture levels in your mouth.
It's essential to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Don't let the food debris stay on your teeth, as poor oral hygiene also leads to dry mouth.
It's vital that you maintain your oral health to prevent dry mouth. Without proper dental care and routine dental checkups, bacteria can accumulate in your mouth and lead to tooth decay and gum diseases. By taking care of your mouth properly, prevent dry mouth and severe oral health issues down the road.
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