Dry mouth may be caused by many different factors. If you have been diagnosed with xerostomia (dry mouth syndrome), here are some methods to increase saliva flow. Patients with untreated xerostomia are at very high risk for dental cavities and other oral and overall health problems.
- Chew Xylitol chewing gum (available at drug stores). Many common gum brands contain xylitol, look for the ingredient listed on the packaging. Be sure it is sugar-free.
- Prescription Sodium Flouride Toothpaste. You may ask your dentist if you should have a prescription for this special toothpaste which can enhance saliva flow as well as prevent cavities. This toothpaste is also available for sale at a discounted price in our office.
- Use Biotene Products.
- Ask your doctor or dental hygienist if you would benefit from 3-month dental cleanings followed
- by a fluoride varnish treatment. Many times, this can significantly decrease the risk of cavities that your dry-mouth can cause.
- Sonic Electric Toothbrush can be used instead of a mechanical brush to stimulate saliva flow and remove heavy bacteria build ups that can occur around the teeth and gums due to dry mouth.
- Massage your Parotid Gland located on both sides of your jaw in front of your ears.
- Ask your dentist or hygienist if you should rinse with Chlorhexidine, a prescription mouth rinse available at our dental office. This can prevent the progression of periodontal disease if you have been diagnosed.
- Use MI Paste on your teeth and wear custom fluoride trays at night that your dentist can fabricate for you.
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