Characteristically, patients experience a “dry mouth” when they regularly breathe through their mouth or from a side effect of medications taken. Menopause also brings along a dry mouth, sometimes accompanied by bone loss. The very best solution is to drink water, chew sugarless gum, or suck on sugarless candy. Though it sounds counter-intuitive, it is wise to avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol. Tobacco-use also contributes to mouth dryness.
Speaking of drinking water, did you know that most bottled waters do not contain fluoride, the natural ingredient that strengthens enamel? Neither do some home water filtering systems. Check the American Dental Association website for a list of manufacturers that leave in the beneficial fluoride. Do this ideally before you choose to replace your existing system.
If you experience a dry mouth most of the time, be sure to tell our hygienists. A protective coating of fluoride will do wonders for your susceptible teeth!