Sometimes it feels like the health problems we face our out of our control. Sometimes that is true, but in regards to dry mouth you have more say in the matter than you might realize. If you aren’t living under a rock you should know that everything in regards to your health always comes back to the food that you eat. Food has a huge influence in our mental and physical health and it is the same for dry mouth. In fact, the food you eat can play an role in the severity of your condition. It can become better or worse just based on your diet. With that in mind, here are foods you should avoid because they aggravate the symptoms of dry mouth and can make your condition worse.
When it comes to dry mouth the answer is clear and simple: keep your mouth moist. That’s right, keep the saliva coming though drinking lots of water, sucking on sugar free candies and basically anything to keep those salivary glands working. However, having an endless amount of sugar free candy on hand might seem tedious. So here are some great guidelines for a diet that helps to eliminate dry mouth or at least mitigate the symptoms.
Avoid foods that are dry and salty because they dry out your mouth quickly and make you work twice as hard to return to a balance afterwards. For example, eliminate bread, dry meat, pastries, toast and crackers, etc. Thinking of giving up any of those things long term might seem impossible. But don’t throw in the towel just yet. Instead look for alternatives by eating a soft, high protein moist diet and to compensate for those missed foods, learn to be creative. For example, eating bread after it has been dipped in sauce adds a moistening agent that makes the bread less dry and easier on your mouth. There is always a way to make things work.
Avoid citric foods and juices because high acidic levels can be difficult for your mouth to handle. It’s important to keep a balanced oral environment. Instead eat yogurt and fresh fruit. Again be creative. Fresh fruit doesn’t mean an apple every single day for the rest of your life. That seems daunting and a little dramatic. So instead, what about a fruit slushie, smoothie or even a fruit shake. Already there are three different possibilities that can be widely interpreted. That seems doable.