Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8 Remedies for Dry Mouth

This post is sponsored but all opinions and results are my own.

Dry Mouth. It is one of those things that you never think about unless you have it. Then you can't stop thinking about it. Every one has the moments where there mouth goes dry and they need a glass of water to speak, but with dry mouth you mouth is almost always dry. Sometimes your mouth is so dry that it wakes you up and can make it hard to swallow. The worst part of dry mouth? It can cause tooth decay leading to cavities and root canals.

I never had dry mouth as a kid, but as I have gotten older and developed an autoimmune disorder, suddenly it seemed hard to speak and I would wake up several times a night needing water. My mom, who also has an autoimmune disorder has struggle with dry mouth for year, needing implants, root canals and cavities filled to deal with the decay from the dry mouth. We have spent a lot of time searching for solutions to our problem but most of the products on the market these day are so strong they burn my mom's mouth. Finally after years we have started to find solutions.

Drink more water. One of the best ways to keep your mouth from going dry is to make sure you are well hydrated. Stick to water, herbal teas and juices for better hydration. If you struggling with drinking water, chewing pebble ice is a good way to get a little more water. You can also eat water based fruits like watermelon and pineapple to get more of the fluid that you need in a day.

Change Your Toothpaste. When you have a dry mouth, it is best to use a toothpaste that is designed for it. Often typical toothpastes can dry out your mouth even more. I have been on the hunt for a new dry mouth toothpaste for awhile, the one that you usually hear about burns my mom's mouth so bad she can't use it. We discovered Oral7 about a month ago and already it is a staple in our house. It is a very sensitive toothpaste that even my sister with sensory issues can use easily.

Breathe Through Your Nose. For a while I struggle with my mouth really drying out when I went running. I finally had my brother who is a dentist observe me to see if he could think of things I could change and he told me that I was running with my mouth slightly open. It made it easy for the wind to strip my mouth of moisture. Since I have become conscience of it, I make sure to breathe through my nose instead and it has made a huge difference.

Run a humidifier. I started running a humidifier to help my older daughter with her asthma and I noticed a difference in how often I suffered from a truly dry mouth. More moisture in the air really helps those with a chronically dry mouth.

Chew Sugar Free Gum. On days where I just can't seem to catch a break with my dry mouth, I will pop a stick of gum in my mouth. It seems to help me produce more saliva and reduce issues. I use a sugar free variety because dry mouth sufferers already face cavities, we don't need to be inviting more sugar in.

Know why your mouth is dry. In my case, it is because I have an autoimmune disorder, but there are lots of different reasons for dry mouth. Finding the root cause will help your dentist treat the problem better. Dry mouth is most commonly caused as a side effect of a medication.

Avoid caffeine. Caffeine dehydrates you, exactly the opposite of what you need when you are dealing with dry mouth.

Use a mouth wash made for dry mouth. We just switched our mouth wash for dry mouth to Oral7 and it has made a ton of difference. My mom says she feels like she can't start her day until she has spritzed her mouth with a spray of Oral7. We like to take a couple ounces of the mouth wash and put it in a travel sized spray bottle. A couple spritzes are perfect as a refresher in the middle of the day. This product has hands down made the biggest difference to both my mom and me. I can tell the minute that it wears off.

Oral7 has made a big difference in my life, but I am absolutely thrilled with the difference it has made for my mom. She was truly suffering before and now she finally has some relief. I only wish I had found it sooner.

Go here to find out if you are suffering from dry mouth and request a FREE sample of Oral7 to see if it just might be the product you are looking for too.

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Masshole Mommy said...

I have terrible dry mouth, but I also have bad allergies year round, so my nose is literally always stuffy & I can't breathe out of it - ever. I will try your other tips, though :)

Karen Morse said...

Such a helpful post, as I have dry mouth due to new meds I am taking. I am totally going to check out Oral7 - is it available at stores like Target? Also - thanks for the other tips. :)
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Julia Hunter said...

I'm always thirsty and now that I'm nursing I feel like my mouth is constantly dry. I'm going to have to try some of these tips. Drinking more water definitely helps.

Terri Steffes said...

Great topic not often addressed. I have it, too, due to an autoimmune disorder and a side effect from meds. I don't know what pebble ice is, but if it is like Sonic ice, I buy bags of it to have it home and I agree, it helps. I also have water around me all the time. I'm going to check out the toothpaste.

Mandy said...

I love the fact that you're talking about a serious problem that most people don't think to address. My brother struggles with dry mouth, and while I see him drinking water all the time, I think he'd really benefit from some of the Oral7 toothpaste.

Heather Lawrence said...

My sister suffers with dry mouth which is the only reason why I even knew it existed in the first place.
I am the total opposite! I will have to pass these tips on to her a lot of this is quite new to me so it might be to her as well.

Sandy Mangis said...

Great Advice. My husband developed dry mouth with his cancer treatment. Me on the other hand. My orthodontist told me i would never die in a desert because of my glands.

Rebecca Bryant said...

My mom mention this once to me. She has wanted to try it fo some time. Thanks for the free sample offer.

Stacey said...

We've been using a more natural and organic toothpaste, I've never really noticed if I suffer from dry mouth, other than realizing that I need to drink some water. Good tips, I will keep them in mind so that I can be more aware!

jillconyers said...

I'm fortunate to not have this problem. I never sleep without a humidifier. Interesting that toothpaste can dry out your mouth. I didn't know.

blythe32 said...

I remember when my Dr gave me a RX for a medicine and warned me about dry mouth. I was a bit freaked out since I know what that can do to your teeth, my parents are in the dental profession. Luckily, it didn't happen, but it's nice to know there are options for making it a more liveable problem.

reesa said...

I always have a dry mouth. It's worrisome! These are great tips and I am going to try some of them to see!

Heather said...

Running a humidifier - I really need to do that. I haven't tried Oral7, but I think I will. It sounds like it helps a lot!

Ashleigh Walls said...

I had no idea that you could make sure a change by switching toothpaste. I will have to remember that if I start experiencing it again.