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.