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Xerostomia

Treatment for Xerostomia

In general, there are few rules to follow for treating xerostomia regardless of the cause. Consistent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings are a must. There are several things you should avoid such as:mouthrinses with alcohol component,alcohol and caffeine, smoking, salty foods, citrus juices, dry foods.Also reduce sugar intake and drink plenty of water(drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters).Breathe through your nose instead of your mouth as often as possible. Use moiturizer regularly on your lips, sleep with humidifier in your room to add moisture.There are some over the counter products that can help such as: xylitol gum(encourage the glands to produce saliva)a saliva subsitute mouthwash(Biotene or Oasis). There are prescriptions that produce artificial saliva; such as Aquoral and Salivart.If you suffer from dry mouth and are not sure why, call our office or email, rather then trying to diagnose the problem yourself.

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