Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva, or spit to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. It is a side effect of taking medications or can be a symptom of certain diseases or medical conditions.
Dry mouth is a common complaint amongst older adults but can occur at any age. It is not a normal sign of aging. Dry mouth is a common side effect of some prescribed and over-the-counter medications.
Tips to manage dry mouth:
- Clean teeth (or dentures) and gums daily
- Brush teeth with a high fluoride toothpaste
- Rinse mouth with a high fluoride mouthwash
- Take frequent sips of water to keep the mouth moist
- Chew sugar-free gum or candy to stimulate saliva
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeinated or sugary beverages
- Allow us to advise other products that will keep your mouth moist
- Schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings as dry mouth can increase the risk for tooth decay