A reduction in saliva production will greatly increases your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Identifying the source of dry mouth will better help you select the best remedy that will work for you.
A lot of prescription medications include dry mouth as one of the side effect. If you developed dry mouth shortly after starting a new medication you might want to talk to your doctor about your options. Even though you need to keep taking the medication, there are a few things you can do, like sipping water and chewing sugar free gum, that will help stimulate saliva production.
Over the counter decongestants and antihistamines, can also have dry mouth side effects. Your physician might be able to advise you about alternative medications.
Alcohol and caffeinated beverages cause dehydration. If you consume them on a regular basis the chronic dehydration can reduce saliva production. Cutting back will increase your body’s natural hydration levels.
Try to get in the habit of taking small, frequent sips of water throughout the day. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help saliva production. There are also prescription artificial saliva supplements that can help add fluid to the mouth.
If you are struggling to manage chronic dry mouth through lifestyle modification, or you would like additional tips please feel free to call us at 609-466-1332 to schedule an appointment. An increased chance of gum disease and tooth decay is not a risk worth taking.