Living With Dry Mouth
Dry mouth after surgery increases your risk of dental problems, but you can develop simple daily habits to keep your mouth feeling moist and help reduce the risk of tooth decay. After your procedure, brush twice a day with a toothpaste like Colgate® Enamel Health™ Multi-Protection Toothpaste to protect your teeth. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages, which will dry out your mouth.
Increase your saliva flow by sucking on hard sugarless candy and chewing sugarless gum, and take regular sips of water. Breathing through your nose and not your mouth also helps avoid drying up the saliva you produce. Tell your dentist about your dry mouth so she can recommend an artificial saliva spray and other treatments that can help.
Recovering from surgery takes time, but in most cases, the dry mouth after effect disappears within a day. If your dry mouth lasts longer, tell your dentist so you can decide together the best way to reduce your risks of tooth decay.