Xerostomia: When Saliva Goes missing

Xerostomia: When Saliva Goes missing

Xerostomia: When Saliva Goes missing

December 28th, 2016

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If any of these possibilities could be behind your dry mouth problems, definitive solutions may be difficult to find. However, there are a few tips that will help you reduce both the discomfort and risk associated with xerostomia. Consider the following:

  • Medication Changes: It's rarely a good idea to drop your prescribed medications to eliminate dry mouth problems. And you certainly wouldn't want to make changes without consulting your physician. But there may be useful alternatives to explore. Be sure to talk it over with your doctor.
  • New Medications: While you're talking to your doctor, you might explore the possibility of using a prescription that stimulates saliva production. They're not for everyone but ask for more information in regards to your situation.
  • Drink Water: Dry mouth or not, most of us don't hydrate enough. Carry water with you everywhere and sip freely...all the time.
  • Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: When you're parched, you don't need any extra hindrance. Avoid these dehydrating products.
  • Try Oracoat Xylimelts, saliva substitutes, or other products: Xylimelts, placed in your cheek like a lifesaver, dissolve slowly and add moisture to your mouth. But DON'T use other types of candies! They can promote tooth decay, while Xylimelts protect against decay.

Many other tricks will help you adapt to the challenges of xerostomia. Our team will help customize solutions that increase your comfort and decrease your risk of dental problems associated with a dry mouth.

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