Best Dry Mouth Remedy - A Dentist's Opinion

The best dry mouth remedy depends on what is causing your mouth to be dry. And a lot of the time, there isn't just one treatment for dry mouth! Most dry mouth cures are a combination of things.

Because the most frequent cause of a dry mouth is medication prescribed by a doctor, the first thing to do is write down which medications you are taking.

Don't forget to write down the non-prescription medicines, too, such as hay fever or allergy treatments. If you think your dry mouth may be caused by one of the medications you are taking, talk to your doctor.

He or she may be able to do one of two things; either adjust the dose you are taking to reduce the side effects of dry mouth, or switch you to a different drug that doesn't cause dry mouth. That's a quick dry mouth remedy!

However, switching medication or adjusting the dose may reduce the degree of dry mouth that you get, but might not get rid of it completely. You may still have some dryness or a feeling of irritation in your mouth.

Still, reducing the degree of dryness by adjusting your medication is the first step.

Dry Mouth Remedy

For those of you where dry mouth has another cause, or you are still getting a dry mouth after your doctor has checked your medications, there are some other things you can do when searching for a dry mouth remedy.

A very common cause of dry mouth is where you have got into the habit of breathing through your mouth rather than through your nose. This can quickly dry out your mouth, leaving a sticky sensation.

The problem is usually worst when you breath through your mouth at night, particularly if you live in a climate with dry air, or you have heating or air conditioning that dries the air.

The solution here is to breath through your nose as much as possible. If you have problems breathing through your nose due to nose or sinus issues, you might want to see an ENT specialist.

Otherwise, it's more about breaking a habit. You can use various little tricks to remind yourself to breath through your nose, such as tying a small piece of string around your finger, leaving little notes for your self, and texts / emails to yourself.

If you do have a dry environment, due to the climate where you live or to artificial heating or air conditioning, then a useful tip is using a room vaporizer or humidifier to add moisture to the bedroom air at night.

The next obvious thing is to increase the amount of saliva that is being produced. Providing your salivary glands have not been damaged by radiotherapy or surgery, there are a couple of ways to do this.

    Salagen is a dry mouth remedy

  • Your doctor may prescribe a medication that stimulates saliva production; the most common is called Salagen. However, it can cause unpleasant side effects in some people.

  • You can suck sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva flow. I recommend Xlear Spry Products, because they also contain Xylitol which is a natural sweetener, and helps to control harmful bacteria in your mouth. I think that the peppermint or lemonburst flavors are usually best for dry mouth.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum. The action of chewing gum also stimulates saliva production. It doesn't matter too much what's in the gum, it's the chewing that counts!

    Of course the gum should be sugar-free. I think one of the best is from Biotene, which is sugar-free and mint-flavored.

If you have tried all the tips above, then your next treatment for dry mouth involves accepting that you are going to have a dry mouth to a degree, but taking some steps to minimize the discomfort;

  • If you wear full dentures, the best dry mouth remedy for you is the Biotene Oral Balance Gel . You can put a thin layer of this inside your dentures, which then act as a reservoir, slowly releasing the gel and giving you hours of comfort. Regular use will help sore gums to settle down, too.
  • If your salivary glands have been damaged in some way, and can no longer produce much saliva, then your next step is using a saliva replacement, or "artificial saliva". This is usually available as a spray or a mouthwash. Again, I think the best products are from Oramoist and Biotene.

    The Biotene Oral Rinse contains natural enzymes to help maintain the natural balance of bacteria in your mouth, as well as xylitol to inhibit bad bacteria. An unusual Oramoist product is the ORAMOIST DISC , a small tablet that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

    It is supposed to last about 4 hours, and provide relief for that period of time. It probably works best for people who get a dry mouth at night. It seems to be a product that some people love and some people hate! But definitely worth a try.

So, when it comes to a dry mouth remedy, there are three products that I can recommend. The textures and flavors are a matter of personal preference, so if you don't like one of these, you will probably find that one of the others will work well.

Oramoist is promoted as a natural product. The other products from Biotene and Xlear also contain Xylitol, which is a naturally occurring sweetener that is actually beneficial for your teeth!

Pick a product to try out; if you find it doesn't work too well for you, try one of the other ones!