Dry Mouth Remedies

Are there any dry mouth remedies that will actually work?

The answer is yes there are, and some of them may surprise you if you suffer from this condition, especially as we all begin to age.

However, before going into them, it is helpful to understand exactly what it is, what causes it, as well as the symptoms.

It is also very helpful to understand why it affects us as we begin to age, as there are two major factors.

Dry Mouth Remedies

Dry mouth remedies begin with what it actually is.

The medical name for this condition is xerostomia, but it also known by other names including dough mouth, cotton mouth, as well as its most common name, dry mouth.

We all can remember in our younger days if we partied too much, the next morning we experienced “cotton mouth” or a very, very dry throat.

The only way to treat it then was with a lot of water.

Here are some interesting facts about this condition.

  • 35% to 40% of us over 60 years of age have it
  • It is not considered to be part of the aging process
  • There are parts of the aging process; however, that does trigger it.

The Common Symptoms

Here are the most common symptoms associated with it.

  • A constant dry and sticky/gooey feeling in your mouth or throat
  • A continual thirst that can’t be quenched
  • Halitosis/ bad breath
  • Cracked lips and sores around the mouth
  • Burning sensations on the tongue
  • A constant sore throat accompanied by hoarseness

Here is what this condition is doing to you your body; you are not producing enough saliva.

Most adults, on average, produce about (1 ½) one and one half quarts of saliva each and every day.

While some of us may think of saliva as something gross in nature, it is actually a very important part of normal operating functions needed for good health.

Not only does it breakdown the food we eat and then wash down the particles, it also helps to fight bacterium and virus.

Because of this, dry mouth remedies become even more important.

If these invaders are left unchecked, not only does it lead to bad breath, it can also cause gum disease and tooth decay.

However, there are a large number of us that no longer have teeth and wear dentures, and there the news may be just as bad.

This condition can loosen your dentures, lead to cracking in your lips, as well as cause sores to develop in your mouth because of the lack of saliva protecting you.

The Potential Causes

Dry mouth remedies continue with the causes of this potentially dangerous condition.

The list here can be extremely large or it can be narrowed down to just a few commonalities.

  • Again age is not a factor but plays a major role—here is how
  • 9 out of 10 of us take some kind of medications
  • There are over 500 prescription medications that can easily trigger it
  • OTC medications such as antihistamines and decongestants trigger it
  • Not enough water

Wow!  Take a moment and think about that.

If affects about 40% of us, and 90% of us take some type of medication. In most cases, once we past 50 let alone 60, it is 3 to 4 medications.

We also use both antihistamines and decongestants several times a year for several things.

Not only can this condition be dangerous for your mouth, it can also make eating and swallowing much more difficult which can lead to serious health issues.

The First List of Dry Mouth Treatments

However, the good news is that dry mouth remedies can and do help very quickly.

There are several that can help and this is the first group.

  • Vaporizers/ Humidifiers  to add moisture to your environment
  • Water-a lot of water
  • Over the counter artificial saliva substitutes

The list begins with a good old fashioned vaporizer or humidifier.

Adding moisture in the air helps to moist your mouth when you breathe, especially when you are sleeping. This stops you from waking up with it, and this is the first step.

The next step is with water, and a lot of it. Dehydration is one of the leading causes, and let’s be honest, most of us, especially men, do not drink enough water.

It is recommend in all adults that drinking 8-10 12 ounces per day or more, can help with this condition.

Over the counter artificial salvia substitutes are very effective, especially Oral Serenity. It is a spray mist that not only works instantly, it works with natural ingredients.

The Next List

The next list of dry mouth remedies includes the following.

  • Eliminating caffeine first thing in the morning
  • Eliminate tobacco of any kind
  • Fresh Grape seed oil
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Fresh Lemon Juice

This list of dry mouth remedies starts with eliminating caffeine, especially the first thing in the morning, until you hydrate with water.

Caffeine in any form, coffee, tea, or soda like Mountain Dew, dehydrates both your body and your mouth. Give it a try for a couple of days to see if it helps you.

Fresh grape seed oil not only contains very high levels of vitamin E, which is a very strong anti-oxidant, it also helps with cell replenishment that can help with the damage.

Simply place two small drops in your mouth 2 times a day, and you will soon see the benefits.

We all know the dangers of tobacco, but if you chew and have this condition, there is no one to blame but you.

By chewing, each and every day, you are slowing killing the cells in your mouth, you are triggering this condition.

Next on the list is cayenne pepper or any type of pepper that is hot. Hot pepper sends signals to your brain, and triggers you salivary glands to react.

They will react very quickly and add some warmth and comfort to your mouth after the initial shock.

The final of the dry mouth remedies is a good old fashion fresh lemon—not lemon juice from a bottle.

Lemons are very rich is in acidity and this also triggers your salivary glands to react, and they will. Simply squeeze a fresh lemon into water that you are increasing every time you drink it.

This condition can be very dangerous, but it is also very easy to treat.

References

http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com/10-remedies-for-dry-mouth/10/

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