Do you experience dry mouth?

Did you know that up to 1 in 4 people experience a dry mouth?

Medication use is one of the most common causes of dry mouth.

Common medications which can cause dry mouth include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Diuretics

If left untreated, a dry mouth can increase the chance of tooth decay.

Signs of dry mouth include:

  • Dryness in the mouth
  • A sticky feeling in the mouth
  • A burning sensation in the mouth
  • Chapped lips
  • Bad breath
  • Waking up at night feeling thirsty
  • Problems speaking
  • Difficulty eating dry foods
  • Problems wearing dentures
  • Mouth Sores

Ways to help reduce the impact of a dry mouth include:

  • Frequently sipping on water
  • Limiting caffeine intake as caffeine can make your mouth drier
  • Chewing on sugar-free gum
  • Use a room humidifier
  • Don’t use mouth rinses containing alcohol
  • Don’t use tobacco or try to reduce your intake
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  • Use over-the-counter saliva substitutes
  • Try mouthwashes designed for dry mouth such as Biotene for dry mouth.