By contactus@dentalrockville.com
January 09, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Things to Avoid to Eliminate Dry Mouth

In our final post on dry mouth, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD, will look at some things you can eliminate to help minimize dry mouth. Previously, we have discussed what dry mouth is, some of the common causes, and ways to relieve dry mouth. Below, we offer some suggestions of things to avoid to minimize dry mouth: 

 

- Avoid consuming alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates your body which leads to dry mouth.

 

- Avoid consuming large amounts of caffeine. Like alcohol, caffeine dehydrates your body, which leads to dry mouth.

 

 

- Avoid fruits and juices that contain a lot of citric acid.

 

- Avoid foods that are high in sodium.

 

- Avoid tobacco products. 

 

In addition to these things, you should try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. 

 

While dry mouth is annoying, it can lead to more serious problems like severe tooth decay and gum disease. It has been found that nearly 30% of cavities in adults can be attributed to dry mouth, per the Oral Cancer Foundation. All this considered, if you start to spot the signs and symptoms of dry mouth, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine what is causing your dry mouth, and explore ways to relieve your dry mouth.  

 

Dr. Samuels, and his entire team, hope that our blog series on Dry Mouth can help you maintain good oral health. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our team, feel free to contact us today. 

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