If you suffer from dry mouth, you know it’s more than simply feeling a little thirsty all day long. Dry mouth can be quite annoying, and in some cases, if your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, it can affect the health of your teeth and gums.
Here are some at-home remedies that help manage dry mouth so you can feel comfortable all day long!
At-Home Remedies to Help With Dry Mouth Symptoms
Stay hydrated: Drinking water is one of the most convenient ways to ease dry mouth, says Mark Burhenne, DDS, a San Francisco-based family dentist. “Very sugary drinks, tea, alcohol, and coffee are all diuretics that dry you out,” Dr. Burhenne adds. “If you drink these, it's important to also drink a lot of water to create a buffer.”
Use a humidifier: Dry air in your bedroom (especially during winter months) can cause dehydration, particularly if you tend to breathe through your mouth while you sleep, Dr. Burhenne says. Sleeping with a humidifier on helps to create more moisture in the air and may help reduce irritation associated with dry mouth.
Check your mouthwash label: Dry mouth can be aggravated by alcohol-based mouthwashes, Dr. Burhenne says. Consider ditching the mouthwash altogether, or switch to an alcohol-free product, like Biotène Dry Mouth Oral Rinse. Not only does Biotène Dry Mouth Oral Rinse freshen breath, but it also provides soothing, lubricating relief for dry mouth symptoms for up to four hours 1.
Create a nighttime habit: If you occasionally wake up at night with dry mouths symptoms, create a nighttime routine that can help manage the issue. Add a product like Biotène Dry Mouth Oral Balance Gel to your bedside table. Place the gel directly on your tongue and spread thoroughly inside the mouth 2 for soothing and moisturizing relief.If dry mouth is a recent addition to your life, Dr. Burhenne recommends talking to your healthcare professional as soon as possible about it, stating “Many pharmaceutical drugs cause dry mouth to some degree, so you may need to talk to your doctor if you think a prescription is the culprit behind your dry mouth.”
1 As measured in a 28-day clinical study
2 Always follow package directions