Many people get dry mouth as a side effect of drugs or medications they are taking. Others get dry mouth when they are nervous or anxious, and others still can acquire dry mouth due to having a cold or nasal blockage that forces them to breathe out of their mouths. For whatever reason you may have dry mouth, it is an irritating condition, and there are ways you can combat dry mouth from home.
Dry mouth is a condition where the mouth does not produce enough saliva to saturate and provide moisture for the mouth. This can leave the mouth and throat feeling sticky, like there is cotton shoved in the mouth. It can make speaking difficult, saliva to thicken, and make every day activities like brushing your teeth, swallowing, and even breathing that much more hard to accomplish. Not treating this annoying condition can lead to cavities and gingivitis, since the mouth needs saliva to flush out bacteria in the mouth, and dry mouth can cause the throat to become dry and scratchy as well. Follow these simple home remedies to combat dry mouth and get your saliva glands flowing.
Simply pressing your saliva glands with your tongue (they are on the inside of your cheeks just behind your front teeth) or sucking in your cheeks and biting on the flesh lightly can spur your saliva glands into more action, coating your mouth naturally with the spit you need.
If this doesn’t work or isn’t producing enough saliva, try chewing gum (sugar free) or sucking on ice, which work to activate saliva flow in your mouth. Avoid sugary or dry foods that dry out your mouth, and stay hydrated at all times, drinking water throughout the day. Adding a drop of lemon juice to your tongue will make you pucker and your saliva glands will respond to the sour intrusion by going into overdrive. Sucking on lemon drops during the day helps combat a lack of saliva flow as well.
Avoid foods and beverages that encourage dehydration, like salty snacks and alcohol, or keep them to a minimum. If you are going to imbibe in dehydrating products, try to minimize damage by drinking lots of water throughout.
If all else fails, you should see your doctor to see if there is any medical treatment for your dry mouth. If you are on medication that has dry mouth as a side effect, you should alert your doctor to your condition as they may be able to alter your medication or give you something that can help your condition.