some suggestions to help relieve the dryness; preserve soft tissue and help
prevent the tooth decay that results from dry mouth:
Take frequent sips of water throughout the
day. However, avoid excessive water intake especially of distilled
water, it may promote loss of electrolytes and cause an
Saliva levels are higher
when standing or laying than when sitting.
Salivation rate is higher
in winter than in summer and higher in morning than in the
Saliva rates are higher
after eating sugar, salt and bitter and acid-tasting foods.*
High fluoride release
High fluoride toothpastes
like Prevident 5000.
Chronic dryness will make your mouth more
easily irritated, so experiment to find the level of seasoning you can
Us a water spray bottle to wet your
mouth. Keep it near the places you work, sit and sleep.
Chew sugarless gum to stimulate salivary flow.
Chew gum that contain xylitol (Clen-Dent, XyliChew), a sweetening agent that
reduces cavity-causing bacteria; Trident Advantage
with Recaldent, which has
a remineralizing agent that adds calcium and phosphate to the teeth.
Suck, DO NOT CHEW, on ice or sugar-free
A warm salt water or baking soda rinse can
improve oral comfort when your mouth is sore.
Suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate
saliva flow; citrus, cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
Chew fibrous foods, like carrots and celery
Use an electric
Drink frequently while you eat. This
makes chewing and swallowing easier and improves taste.
Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash like BreathRX
which does not contain alcohol or sugar.
Have your dentist coat your
teeth with fluoride varnish
Use bland, non-spicy sauces and gravies on
foods to add more moisture to the foods you eat. Be aware that spicy or
salty foods may cause pain in a dry mouth
Pasta dishes with sauces are easier to
Moisten foods with butter.
Limit caffeine-containing beverages because
they increase dryness after drinking them.
Carry a toothbrush with you to brush
often to decrease your risk toward cavities.
Do not use toothpaste
that contain sodium lauryl sulphate which is a foaming agent because it can irritate
gum tissue. Try Rembrandt "Natural" or Biotene
"Dry Mouth Toothpaste". Use gentle toothpastes with mild
Limit sweet, sticky, sugary foods and high
acid food they increase your risk towards cavities.
Always brush immediately after eating.
If you can not brush, swish and swallow water as soon as possible.
Dentures make people with dry mouth more
susceptible to infection from yeast organisms, which adhere to the
plastic. Soak your denture overnight in one part chlorine beach to ten
parts water or chlorhexidine. to prevent infection. Try treating
recurrent oral candidiasis with topical antifungal
medications. Sugar-free Nystatin solution can be used
as a rinse.
Angular cheilitis can be
treated with Nystatin or clotrimazole cream.
Do not use mouth
washes with alcohol or phenol in them, alcohol dries out and damages gum
Use fluoridated mouth rinse
like Act or Fluorinse and gels.
Use a professional extra strength fluoride
toothpaste like Fluoridex. After brushing your teeth and right before you go to bed,
brush or apply this toothpaste with a cotton Q-Tip to gums and teeth for one
minute, Than swish for one minute to force the gel to cover all your
teeth and gum tissue. Make sure you spit out all the fluoride. Do NOT
swallow or rinse your mouth after you do this. Go to bed with the
fluoride residue on these surfaces. Do this again in the morning and
do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after this routine.
Apply fluoride gel into a mouthguard
and wear for five to ten minutes before bed and in the morning. Again, do
NOT swallow any of the fluoride.
Bitewings every six
months to check for cavities.
Try Oralbalance moisturizing gel.
Avoid irritants, such as tobacco
and alcohol-including high-alcohol-content mouthwashes (Listerine, Original Mint
Scope)-and products containing cinnamon, peppermint, or wintergreen they dry
out the mouth.
Breath through your nose (breathing through
your mouth evaporates moisture).
Use a room vaporizer to cut down on mouth
dryness especially at night.
|If your salivary glands are not working right ask your
doctor to give you a medicine called pilocarpine that helps your salivary
glands to work better.
|If you dry mouth is caused by medicine, ask your doctor to
change your medicine or adjust the dosage.
|Drugs, Pilocarpine and Cevimeline are
approved for the treatment of dry; mouth associated with Sjogren's
Syndrome. they stimulate salivary secretion and
relieve symptoms of dry mouth. The recommended
dosage for Pilocarpine is 5 milligrams four times per
day. Pilocarpine is contraindicated for patients with
glaucoma, iritis and uncontrolled asthma. Cevimeline is
longer lasting than Pilocarpine. The recommended
dosage is 30 mg three times per day. Both drugs
will cause increased sweating. Cevimeline is
contraindicated for patients with uncontrolled asthma, acute
iritis or glaucoma. Saliva
substitute drug - Evoxac|
|Lemon flavoring is
being added to many products since it is an excellent salivary
stimulant and doesn't promote decay nor have any other negative
side effects. Dr. Light IDF 1/06|
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Dry Mouth News Updates
Acupuncture in the
treatment of xerostomia
Seven xerostomia patients who were treated using
acupuncture and the subsequent results of that treatment are
discussed. Actual outcomes exceeded the author's expectations
with all patients reporting an increase in salivary flow and
the ability to eat and speakand improved sleep. Members of
the dental team should consider referral for acupuncture as a
viable adjunct when treating xerostomia.
Acupuncture in the treatment of xerostomia: Clinical
reportWarren M. Morganstein, DDS, MPH
Sjogren's patients may have
some serious dry-eye problems and may even be using punctal
plugs to help
maintain a bit of tear covering the corneas....products that
helps keep the eyes moisturized at
"The New Sjogren's Syndrome
Handbook" by Carsons and Harris
for Dry Mouth Treatment.
*Kissing Reduces Chance of
Cavities, Dentistry Today pg 39 April 2003
The Management of Sjogren's
syndrome in Dental Practice. Dr. Al-Hasimi. JADA Vol 132,
October 2001 pg 1409-1415.
February 06, 2008
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