Dry Mouth Care

Causes of Dry Mouth

  • Medications
  • Tobacco
  • Mouth breathing
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Stress
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Not Drinking Enough Water
  • Radiation and chemotherapy
  • Arthritis
  • Menopause
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Parkinson’s disease

What medications cause dry mouth?

  • High blood pressure
  • Antidepressants
  • Tranquilizers
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-Parkinson agents
  • Antipsychotics
  • Decongestants
  • Narcotic pain relievers
  • Chemotherapy
  • Antidiarrheal
  • Bronchodilators
    What problems might develop because of dry mouth?
  • Rapid development of tooth decay
  • Sore tissues
  • Worsening periodontal disease
  • Sore spots and ulcers under dentures
  • Difficulty wearing dentures
  • Mouth sores in non-denture wearers
  • Breath doesn’t feel fresh
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing normal foods
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Dry or painful tongue

How can I avoid destruction from rapid tooth decay?

  • Avoid hidden sugars, such as cough drops, hard candy, breath mints, chewing gum, soda, etc. People with dry mouth can get literally dozens of cavities in a matter of a few months.
  • Use a prescription fluoride preparation. These get more fluoride to the teeth than regular fluoride preparation. They are available as a mouthrinse and brush-on gel. ACT (rinse) and Prevident (brush-on gel) are examples.
  • Maintain superior oral hygiene habits: Brush at least twice a day for two minutes per brushing, floss every day and have your teeth cleaned and checked as recommended by our team of dentists.

What products to get over the counter?

Mouthwashes

  • Oasis
  • Biotene Mouthwash
  • Tom’s of Maine Natural Mouthwash
  • Rain Spray

Toothpastes

  • Biotene Dry Mouth Toothpaste
  • Rembrandt Toothpaste for Canker Sore Sufferers
  • Tom’s of Maine Natural Anticavity and Dry Mouth
  • Maine Toothpaste

Gums, Mints

  • Biotene Dry Mouth Gum
  • XyliChew Mints

Other

  • Biotene Dry Mouth Denture Grip
  • Ora-moist oral patches

Where can I find these Products?

Stores carry a variety of products, but there is no one store that has them all.  The pharmacist can often help you locate some of these products. On the internet, amazon.com and drugstore.com are great places to check