Dry mouth simply refers to a reduced flow of saliva and may lead to difficulty swallowing and speaking, chronic sore throat, hoarseness, frequent thirst, oral yeast infection or dried nasal passages.
Dry mouth may be caused by a number of factors including medical conditions like anemia or diabetes, dehydration, smoking or chewing tobacco, and nerve damage to injuries to the head or neck.
It’s also a common side effect of many prescription and over-the-counter medications. Make sure to read the labels of any product you take regularly to see if dry mouth is likely to occur.
Your dentist can recommend several strategies to increase your saliva flow. Along with an artificial saliva solution, such as Biotene or Oasis.
You may be advised to try:
Sucking on sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva.
Increasing your daily fluid intake.
Buying a vaporizer to increase moisture in the air.
Trying to breathe through your nose as much as possible.
Using an alcohol-free oral rinse.