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