Products to Help Relieve Dry Mouth Complications
By using these equally heroic dry mouth treatment products during your daily oral hygiene routine, you'll help manage xerostomia complications.
To help lower the risk of tooth decay that accompanies dry mouth, it's important to use a toothpaste containing fluoride.
Why is fluoride so important?
- Fluoride hardens the enamel covering the outside of your teeth, which helps prevent cavities from forming. Strong enamel ultimately keeps the calcium and phosphorous within your enamel from dissolving – which happens when acids form after eating or drinking.
- Fluoride can even add more calcium and phosphorous to your enamel to keep it strong.
Because dry mouth can lead to oral discomfort and mouth sores within the soft tissue, use a toothbrush that won't aggravate your condition. Softer, more gentle bristles allow you to clean your teeth and gums without causing pain to your already irritated tissues.
Additionally, consider soft-bristled toothbrushes with these features:
- Small heads better reach all teeth, including your back molars.
- Slim bristles better clean the spaces between your teeth and gums.
Plus, brush up on other ways to help in your fight to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup:
- Try an interdental brush for difficult-to-reach areas of your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months. Wear and tear on brushes make them less effective.
- While brushing your teeth, give your tongue a swipe with your toothbrush to remove bacteria lurking there.
Alcohol-Free, Antibacterial Mouthwash or Mouthrinse
Since alcohol can increase oral dryness, it's best to avoid it. Alcohol-free products with active antibacterial ingredients effectively kill germs and reduce plaque. And rinsing your mouth daily is easy to work into your oral health routine.
While you're at it, pick up an alcohol-free, antibacterial fluoridated wash or rinse.
If traditional flossing irritates your mouth as a result of the dryness, get some relief from a product that does double duty:
- Hydrates your mouth (Ah!)
- Flushes out particles between your teeth and around your gumline
Just as you moisturize your face, you can apply a product to the inside of your mouth that relieves the dryness. Available as liquid alcohol-free rinses, sprays, and gels, these moisturizers are sometimes called saliva substitutes. The Academy of Oral Medicine notes that even though these moisturizers are missing all the beneficial qualities of actual saliva, they can offer you temporary relief.
Routinely using toothpaste, brushes, rinses, and flossers daily will go a long way to prevent oral health conditions brought on by dry mouth. But just as importantly, routine dental visits are a must. Your dental professionals can remove any plaque that sneaks in and catch any other villainous problems caused by dry mouth. With your best daily oral routine and your dental provider's expertise, your mouth's story should have a happy ending!