We talked earlier about saliva and its functions, the common symptoms of dry mouth and its causes. Now, we will tackle the best strategies to manage dry mouth. As said earlier, the medications we take are mostly the main cause for dry mouth, and given these facts, we need to diminish the negative impact of medications on our oral tissues.
First, we need to identify the drugs causing dry mouth symptoms and your physician can help you with this, then finding possible substitutions without the drying effect.
When you have several medical caregivers, make sure all of them are aware of all the drugs you take, as it is possible to eliminate some of your medications. Remember, the less medications you take, the less severe your oral drying.
Changing the way you take your medication can reduce your oral dryness, for example dividing the prescribed dose into smaller doses can be an effective mean.
However, it is important to consult your physician whether you can do that. It is important to know that such strategies will not eliminate oral dryness completely, but it is likely to have fewer symptoms, so it is worth a try.
Chewing is another crucial element to stimulate salivary flow, since lack of chewing will ensure a parched mouth. The most convenient way of chewing is to chew long- lasting gum, but you need to choose the sugar- free kind because gums containing sugar produce an acidic pH which tends to erode tooth enamel leading to tooth decay.
It is believed that cinnamon- flavored gum have an antibacterial effect that reduces the risk of tooth decay. Regardless of the dry mouth reasons, we can reduce its symptoms and diminish its negative consequences through following a number of oral hygiene procedures including tooth-brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning.