Care for a dry mouth
There are many things that you can do to help improve your dry mouth symptoms and reduce your risk of dry mouth-related health problems.
- DRINK LOTS OF TAP WATER. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres of tap water a day.
- Drink water by the glass or half glass. Try to avoid constant sipping as it washes away any protective effect of the remaining saliva in your mouth.
- Eat breakfast. Choose something chewy e.g. crunchy cereal or toast. Chewing helps to stimulate the flow of saliva.
- Chew MINT flavoured sugar-free gum or suck a MINT flavoured sugar-free lollies. Fruit- flavoured gum or lollies can be acidic, damaging the lining of your mouth or dissolving the surface of your teeth.
- Keep your mouth clean. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If possible. Brush after every meal.
- Avoid snacking on sugary food or drinks between meals. This will help reduce your risk of tooth decay.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as fizzy drinks, fruit juice, fruit teas and pickles. If you must have them, reduce their effects by keeping them to meal times. The safest drinks are tap water and milk.
- Avoid salty or spicy foods. These may irritate the lining of your mouth.
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee as these can reduce the flow of saliva.
- If you do drink tea and coffee, and cow’s milk; this will help reduce the drying effects.
- Your dentist will be able to check for any signs of oral health problems related to your dry mouth, so see your dentist regularly.