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What to Do if Your Medication Leaves You Struggling with Dry Mouth?

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Tropic Dental
What to Do if Your Medication Leaves You Struggling with Dry Mouth?Some medications can cause dry mouth as an inadvertent side effect. Dry mouth can be problematic for the oral cavity as it eliminates the protective barrier of saliva from regulating the number of bacteria in contact with the teeth and gums. This can lead to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Dry mouth is also known to cause bad breath. Fortunately, you can alleviate dry mouth while on medication and prevent its symptoms from damaging your mouth. Many of these solutions to dry mouth are simple and do not need to be done at home.

How to Alleviate Dry Mouth

One of the easiest and most effective ways to alleviate dry mouth is by constantly drinking water. This can reduce bad breath, help wash away some of the bacteria and remove the dry sensation. This is important to do during and after meals as the teeth and gums will be more prone to damage from sugary and acidic food. Chewing sugarless gum is another way to combat dry mouth. Not only can it help with bad breath, but the action of chewing can help activate the salivary glands.

If you are in the habit of breathing through your mouth, you may be worsening your dry mouth. Breathing through the nose hosts a number of benefits, including filtering the air for your lungs and not drying out the mouth, so trying to do it more can help your oral cavity. Try to catch yourself breathing through your mouth and stop it. Bacteria can also be an instigator of dry mouth. To limit their impact while on medication, mouthwash can be used to help decrease the number of bacteria in your mouth. Using this once or twice a day will reduce bacteria's impact on your dry mouth. To book an appointment with one of our oral professionals, contact our office now.
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