If you suffer from dry mouth, we feel your pain. Dry mouth can affect your taste, swallowing and speech. It can cause painful mouth sores, a burning or fuzzy feeling on your tongue, and tooth decay (translation: more dental bills). And here’s what really stinks: dry mouth all but guarantees bad breath.
You’re not alone. Dry mouth is the number one complaint dentists hear about. It affects one in four people, and 86% of those have dry mouth symptoms every day.
So what exactly IS dry mouth? Just what it sounds like: a mouth that doesn’t produce enough saliva. A “normal” mouth should produce 4-8 cups a day.
Saliva is your body’s natural defense against harmful mouth bacteria. It’s rich in oxygen, and bacteria can’t survive in an oxygen-rich environment.
If you’re not producing enough saliva, it makes the bacteria in your mouth grow and multiply quickly, leading to all those dry mouth symptoms that are driving you crazy!
Dry mouth itself is not a disease, but rather, a symptom of something else.
To understand how to treat your dry mouth, it’s important to understand what could be causing yours. There could be many factors at play:
Medications: Dry mouth is most often caused by medications, ranging from anti-depressants to allergies. Over 400 medications, both over-the-counter and prescription-based, can cause dry mouth.
Lifestyle: Alcohol and tobacco use go hand-in-hand with dry mouth.
Mouth Breather: Mouth breathers are more prone to dry mouth. (You may not even be aware that you’re a mouth breather, but a loved one should be able to tell you.)
Radiation/Chemotherapy Treatment: Damage to the salivary glands can often occur during radiation, and chemo can change the consistency and amount of saliva.
Menopause or Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during menopause or pregnancy can make your mouth feel persistently dry.
Age: Time is not on your side when it comes to the health of your mouth. Dry mouth is more common for the aging population, affecting one-third of seniors.
Depending on the cause of your dry mouth, there are many things you can do to get relief from your dry mouth symptoms.
1. Drink More Water
Sip lots of water throughout the day, especially during meals. Sorry – carbonated sodas, alcohol, coffee and sports drinks don’t count! These drinks dry out the mouth even more.
2. Focus on Your Sleep Situation
Make a few adjustments to your sleep routine to help treat your dry mouth.
3. Tackle Stress
Stress and anxiety cause the body to produce less saliva. Manage your stress levels, and your mouth will be healthier! Need some ideas on how to tackle stress? Get 10 tips here.
4. Talk to Your Doc
Talk to your doctor or dentist about the medications and doses you’re on to see if any changes can be made to help with your dry mouth symptoms.
5. Suck on Sugar-free Candies
Sugar-free candies will help to stimulate salivary flow. Steer clear of the ones with sugar though, as sugar promotes decay.
6. Avoid Mouthwashes with Alcohol
Store-brand mouthwashes contain up to 26% alcohol. Sure, the alcohol kills the bacteria, but in the process, it dries out the mouth. This creates even more bacteria shortly after swishing! Using an alcohol-free mouthwash is key for a healthy mouth and fresh breath.
7. Add Aloe
Ahh, the wonders of Aloe vera! This potent plant can do a lot … even help treat dry mouth. There’s just one problem: not everyone has an aloe plant on stand-by. Not to worry. Oxyfresh has two of the most effective dental products for dry mouth that contain aloe.
If you’re tired of the pain and annoyance of dry mouth, we hear you loud and clear! That’s why Oxyfresh formulated two of the best oral health products for long-lasting fresh breath and soothing relief from dry mouth symptoms …
Lemon-Mint Power Rinse Mouthwash
This alcohol-free mouthwash is just what the dentist ordered to relieve dry mouth. (In fact, dentists have been recommending Oxyfresh dental products for over 30 years now!)
Lemon-Mint Power Rinse Mouthwash contains Aloe vera to help relieve dry mouth naturally. Plus, it soothes those painful mouth sores that often come with dry mouth, so you can enjoy your favorite citrusy foods once again! Dye-free to protect your smile, flavored with natural essential oils, and powered by Oxygene® to neutralize odor-causing bacteria and give you fresh breath that lasts up to 6 hours. More information...
Lemon-Mint Power Paste
This zesty toothpaste is perfect for dry mouth sufferers. Gentle and low-abrasion, Lemon-Mint Power Paste contains soothing aloe, plus Oxygene® for long-lasting fresh breath. This is our safe, non-toxic odor-neutralizing ingredient that you won't find anywhere else!
This dry mouth toothpaste is sweetened by nature with xylitol (natural ingredient found in fruits and veggies), and contains a unique blend of natural essential oils. Sodium-lauryl sulfate free, saccharin-free, and super concentrated … lasts 4 times longer than store brands! More information...
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