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Medications and Dry Mouth

March 17, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Many medications cause dry mouth, which causes tooth decay. If you take one of over five hundred medications that causes dry mouth, here are some steps you can take to help alleviate it.

  • Drink more water! Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate. You should be drinking water throughout the day.

  • Use an over the counter alcohol-free mouthwash or spray. We like Biotene’s products and carry them in our office.

  • Avoid beverages that irritate dry mouth, including coffee, alcohol, and acidic fruit juices.

  • Use a humidifier to keep moisture in the air.

  • Chew sugar-free gum or use sugar-free lozenges. Xyligum and Xylimelts are a great option and can be purchased in our office.

  • Avoid breathing through your mouth, whenever possible.

  • Avoid using over the counter decongestants and antihistamines. 

  • Consult with your physician to see if there are alternative medications available that do not cause dry mouth.

  • Fluoride treatments and high fluoride toothpaste can also help lower your risk of tooth decay due to dry mouth.
  • Have more questions? Don't be afraid to ask at your next appointment!

Tags:  Dry Mouth