Shout out to the real MVP, your saliva. That’s right, you would be poor shape without the help of your spit. As soon as food hits your mouth your saliva starts working to break it down. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, limit bacterial growth in your mouth and make it easier to chew and swallow food. It’s just as important as your teeth, which is why you need to take action if you suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition where your salivary glands do not make enough saliva. Having a decrease in saliva can have a serious influence on your gum health. Luckily there are natural ways that you can help soothe dry mouth. Some things are best to avoid and others should be implemented into your lifestyle. Check below to learn more about Remedies to Treat Dry Mouth.
One thing to avoid or eliminate is salty and dry foods as well as foods and beverages with high sugar content. This could be implemented by steering clear of things like crackers as well as dried fruit. Neither of these things are necessarily unhealthy but they can aggravate dry mouth conditions. Also, it would be wise to avoid drinks containing alcohol because alcohol can increase water loss and dry out the mouth. That drink is not worth it in the long run.
Another thing to avoid if you are starting to see symptoms is commercial mouth rinses that contain certain ingredients like alcohol or peroxide. It might seem surprising but these ingredients actually dry out your mouth even more. If you still want a mouthwash make sure to read the labels. Just because it’s dentist recommended, doesn’t mean your dentist would recommend it for you.
One lifestyle change you can make is increasing the amount of water you drink regularly. It is very important that you stay hydrated throughout the day. This is easier said than done. In fact, if you are thirsty that is your body telling you that you are dehydrated and you need water. Keeping a reusable water bottle on hand is a great reminder to continue to drink throughout the day.
Another small lifestyle change that can help alleviate dry mouth is sucking on sugar free hard candies, ice chips or sugar-free popsicles. Notice “sugar free”, this is not an excuse to go wild. Be strategic with what you choose. By doing this you are tricking your mind and stimulating saliva flow which can help keep your mouth from becoming too dry.