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Dry Mouth: What Not to Do

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
Dry Mouth: What Not to DoDry mouth can be uncomfortable and painful. While there are many things you can do to help manage this condition, you shouldn't forget what not to do. Read on to see what you should avoid.


Smoking doesn't just harm your lungs – it also damages your salivary glands and irritates your mouth. Tobacco use worsens dry mouth and can even lead to diseases like gingivitis and thrush.

Consume Salty, Spicy, and Dry Food

Because dry mouth results in less salivation, it can be hard to chew and swallow certain food. Dry food like crusty bread, crackers, and chips will only make matters worse. On a similar note, spicy food can also worsen dry mouth. Without enough saliva to protect the lining of your mouth, spicy food can be extremely irritating. The same applies to salty and acidic food.

Drink Alcohol and Coffee

Both alcohol and caffeine can result in dryness and irritation. In addition to alcohol and caffeine affecting salivation, both serve as diuretics. Because they increase urination, you're more likely to get dehydrated. If you're sick of dry mouth, try opting for virgin drinks and decaf coffee instead.

Have Excess Sugar

Saliva helps break down the sugar in food. Because dry mouth affects saliva production, this may not be carried out properly. As a result, you are more vulnerable to oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Use Antihistamines and Decongestants

Antihistamines and decongestants are among the medications that can exacerbate dry mouth. Instead of using decongestants, try using a humidifier.

Use an Alcohol-Based Mouthwash

Alcohol-based mouthwashes may freshen your breath, but they also make your dry mouth worse. A moisturizing mouthwash may be more suitable.

If your dry mouth persists, make an appointment at Henricksen Family Dental. Dr. Henricksen and can help narrow down the problem, and can come up with a comprehensive treatment plan. Call us at (360) 740-2119 to make an appointment.

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