What’s the #1 dental problem Americans complain about? According to a recent study by the American Dental Association, dry mouth (aka cotton mouth) tops the list! Not only is dry mouth annoying and oftentimes painful when mouth sores develop, but dry mouth can also lead to bad breath and tooth decay.
A “normal” mouth should secrete two to four pints of saliva a day. For patients who are lacking in this department, here are 6 tips you can recommend that are super easy to follow!
Many patients get dry mouth because they’re dehydrated. But often, people mistake any type of liquid as a way to hydrate. Carbonated sodas, alcohol, coffee and sports drinks don’t count as hydration… and can often have the opposite effect in the mouth due to their high acid content. Drinking plenty of plain ol’ H20 throughout the day, and especially during meals, can help patients get rid of dry mouth.
Aloe is a time-tested remedy for treating dry mouth. But not everyone has aloe juice in the fridge to swish with or an aloe plant standing readily by on the kitchen counter. Here’s a convenient way for patients to get the benefits of aloe for dry mouth PLUS amazing fresh breath protection: swish with Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Power Rinse Mouthwash.
This is the perfect mouthwash for patients with dry mouth, including those undergoing radiation therapy. This mouthwash is alcohol-free, which means it doesn’t dry out the mouth like store-brand mouthwashes, and it contains moisturizing Aloe vera. Dental patients can pair with Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Power Paste for added dry mouth protection.
Rethink the Bedtime Routine
We all love our bedtime routines, so this may take a little work for your patients, but it can really help a bad dry mouth situation.
- Add a humidifier to the bedroom and run it through the night, every night
- Breathe through the nose rather than the mouth (both during the day and at night)
- Address any snoring problems, as snorers tend to suffer more from dry mouth
Dry mouth itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom of something else. Like many things when it comes to health, stress is that often-overlooked factor that can thwart our health. A stressed, anxious body produces less saliva. Learning to manage stress and anxiety can help with dry mouth, as well as all other areas of health.
Talk to the Doc
Many medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed, can cause dry mouth. Encourage patients to talk to their doctors about all the medications and doses they’re on to see if any adjustments can be made.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Tomatoes, oranges and grapefruit may seem like refreshing choices on the surface, but for chronic dry mouth sufferers, they should be avoided. Many people with dry mouth get mouth sores. Acidic foods can sting and irritate an already sensitive mouth.
For fast relief from mouth sores, dental professionals love and recommend Oxyfresh Super Relief Dental Gel. Great for mouth sores and TLC post-surgery, this dental gel contains zinc, folic acid, and aloe to promote healing, and Oxygene® for deodorizing power.
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