How to prevent dry mouth while sleeping

Patients who suffer from dry mouth are not alone. Millions of patients in the United States deal with this condition at one point or another, some in a more chronic form. Saliva in the mouth is important for one’s oral health, as it helps in flushing away food particles and keeping acids and sugars from remaining on natural tooth enamel and increasing one’s risk of cavities. When dry mouth occurs, it can cause a number of issues including bad breath, increased risk of periodontal disease and cavities, and an uncomfortable feeling in the mouth. Many patients experience dry mouth in the morning, after they awaken from a good night’s rest. So how can one prevent dry mouth while they’re sleeping? Dr. James A. Oshetski offers some recommendations to help patients combat this uncomfortable condition.

Ways to prevent dry mouth overnight

  • Stay hydrated by consuming water regularly throughout the day, and drinking water before bed as well
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in the bedroom
  • Chew sugar-free gum or candies to increase saliva production between meals
  • Brush the teeth with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use mouthwash that is designed for those with dry mouth (over-the-counter or prescription)
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Reduce the intake of spicy or acidic foods which can make dry mouth worse
  • Utilize artificial saliva products prescribed by the dentist
  • Evaluate any regular medications you are taking to determine if dry mouth is a side effect
  • Maintain good oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing after meals
  • Avoid the development of gum disease, which can contribute to bad breath
  • Talk to your primary doctor about snoring or breathing problems that occur during the night

Which treatment is right for me?

Every patient is different, so we encourage patients to request an appointment at our practice to discuss their needs and find a solution that works best for their unique situation.

Are you struggling with dry mouth or other dental problems?

Connect with our team in Brunswick, ME to learn more about dry mouth and other conditions that may be impacting your oral health and confidence. Call our office at (207) 729-1159 to request an appointment.

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