While it isn’t as bad as your run-of-the-mill oral ailments, getting a dry mouth still isn’t the greatest. First, there’s how it feels. Some might find it akin to having cotton remnants around your mouth, or perhaps sandpaper. Then, there’s the havoc it can cause on your oral health. A dry mouth is usually a sign of ill-working salivary glands. And when you can’t produce enough saliva, tooth decay and gum disease often follow. But if getting full-on medical advice seems a little too drastic for you, are there any home remedies for dry mouth?
Fortunately, there are. Home remedies for dry mouth are relatively straightforward, and they often come from the most commonplace of items. And for the most part, they’re probably things you already do regardless. After all, the best way to beat dry mouth is to take care of your teeth and gums. And you get the best of both worlds—tending to your oral health isn’t just a way to get rid of that cottonmouth. You also prevent further damage those salivary gland problems might bring you.
But what are these home remedies for dry mouth? Here are a few tips you can try out right now:
Treat yourself to a bit of chewing gum
When it comes to home remedies for dry mouth, it helps to understand why you get dry mouth in the first place. Usually, your salivary glands are to blame here. A dry mouth usually means you’ve got limited to no saliva flow. And what causes it can vary. Sometimes keeping your mouth exposed does the trick. Other times, it’s because of specific active ingredients. The easiest way to solve it involves bringing back your saliva flow.
But what triggers those salivary glands? Chewing gum, as it turns out. When we eat, after all, we signal our brains that we’re well on our way to digesting food. To help with this, then, our saliva is rich in enzymes that help break the food down so we don’t choke on it. So while we can’t technically swallow chewing gum, it does do the trick in revitalizing a dry mouth. (And if you chew xylitol-sweetened gum, you get an additional benefit. Xylitol starves the harmful bacteria that cause cavities, so you’re less likely to get tooth decay.)
Don’t forget to brush your teeth and gums
Sometimes a lack of saliva flow can be attributed to how good your oral health is. The less you take care of it, the more you expose your mouth to the myriad of diseases that could halt saliva flow. Tending to your your teeth and gums might sound like standard medical advice, it does help prevent dry mouth. Or, at least, lessen its effects.
Forego the alcohol when you buy an oral rinse
Remember how we said some active ingredients can give your salivary glands trouble? Alcohol is usually one of them. You won’t feel the effects right away, but it does tend to dehydrate the body, including your mouth. So if you’re a fan of the good old oral rinse, look for one that doesn’t contain alcohol.
Drink a lot of water
Sometimes a dry mouth is just a sign of dehydration. The solution? Drink water, and lots of it. You’re sure to feel the effects as soon as possible. Or, at least, relieve yourself of that cottony feeling.
Switch to nasal breathing
Breathing through your mouth is another way to quickly dry up those salivary glands. And for those who do, it becomes a habit. Switching to nasal breathing not only takes care of your oral health but is generally a healthier way to breathe.