Dry mouth, Portland Smiles, Dr. Kathryn Buss

Xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth, can be very uncomfortable. Many times long-term dry mouth can lead to problems like dental decay and gum disease.

Best ways to help dry mouth:

  • Frequent water intake

  • Alcohol free mouth rinses, switch to dry mouth mouthwashes

  • Sugar-free gum or hard candies

  • Limit caffeine

  • Quit all forms of tobacco

  • OTC saliva substitutes

  • Avoid OTC antihistamines and decongestants

  • Humidifier at night time

  • Breathe through your nose

Saliva helps prevent cavities. It acts as a buffer to neutralize acids in your mouth. If you experience dry mouth, make sure to:

  • Avoid sugary or acidic food and drink

  • Use Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash

  • Routine 6 month dental visits

If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor or dentist. An evaluation of your overall health and medication may be indicated. Certain medications or combinations of medications can cause dry mouth. Work with your doctor or dentist to find the underlying cause of the dry mouth.

If you have any questions, call Dr. Kathryn Buss at Portland Smiles TODAY!