Oral health care is important for everyone, but especially so for diabetics. Sufferers are often at higher risk of dental problems, and one common complaint is dry mouth. Thankfully, there are many ways to help fight off this condition, and most of them can be practiced easily every day.
According to the American Diabetes Association, dry mouth and diabetes are a common combination because of the medications diabetics take, and thanks to heightened blood sugar. Saliva serves as the mouth's natural defense against cavity-causing bacteria and acid by washing away food particles and regulating the mouth's pH levels. With a dry mouth, these bacteria and acids remain, increasing your risk of cavities.
Here are four tips to help diabetics (and everyone else!) prevent dry mouth.