Tips and Information

Senior man smiling with nurse in backgroundThe best cure for dry mouth is to do something right away when you discover the problem. By reading this, you’ve already taken the first step – becoming aware of the issue. Here are some things you can do to help manage dry mouth:

  • Drink extra water during the day and with meals. Fluoridated water is best.
  • Use an over-the-counter saliva substitute or oral moisturizer.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless mints, especially those with the natural sweetener xylitol, which protects teeth from decay.
  • Consider using a humidifier at night to add moisture to the air you breathe.
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste and use a fluoride rinse. (Avoid rinses/mouthwashes with alcohol, which can dry out your mouth.)
  • Get regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • Alert your doctor if your mouth feels dry. If you suspect that it’s medication-related, don’t stop taking your medication, but talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away. There may be a different drug you can try.

Be sure to avoid:

  • Tobacco products (chewing and smoking). Tobacco dries out the mouth and increases your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.
  • Sugary drinks and foods, including candy and carbonated soda.
  • Caffeine and alcohol, which can dry out your mouth.
  • Overly spicy or salty foods, which can cause discomfort if you have dry mouth.