Saliva is essential. When we think about saliva, we generally don’t think about it as a special tool, but we should. Saliva has two major roles in your mouth. The first is to rinse your mouth of food particles and other debris. The second role is to battle harmful bacteria that cause decay. When your mouth isn’t able to produce enough saliva, you are left with dry mouth symptoms, which need to be corrected as soon as possible. Take a look below for some tips that will give you back your healthy smile!
Keep Water at Hand – When you have dry mouth symptoms, you should be drinking water almost nonstop throughout the day. Keep a bottle of water at hand at all times, and stay hydrated!
Sleep with a Humidifier – Every patient should be aware that your body dehydrates while you sleep. For dry mouth sufferers, we strongly encourage you to sleep with a humidifier so that your mouth will remain moist throughout the night.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum – When your mouth starts to feel sticky, reach for a piece of sugar free gum. The gum will boost saliva production, strengthen your jaw muscles, and boost your breath!
Check Your Prescriptions – Dry mouth is often a side effect of prescription medications. If that’s the case for you, check with your doctor about the possibility of switching your prescriptions.
Schedule an Appointment – If you try these things, and nothing is working, it’s definitely time to set up an appointment here at the office. Something more serious could be going on, and we’ll want to check it out!
Contact us today to set up an appointment, especially if you are experiencing dry mouth symptoms. It’s time to take care of this problem for good!