Pleasing Your Palate
Your eating habits can either help or harm dry mouth syndrome. But don't worry -- you don't have to sacrifice taste for dry mouth relief. Some simple changes to your diet can help bring back the taste of sweet and savory to your dry mouth.
Drink papaya juice. Papain, an enzyme found in papayas, can help thin the thick oral secretions associated with dry mouth. Drinking 100% papaya juice is an easy way to get your daily dose of papain.
Add broth or sauce to your meals. Dry mouth can inhibit your ability to eat and swallow easily. Get moisture back into your mouth by adding milk, sauce, broth or gravy to your meals.
Avoid dry, salty foods. Snacking on crackers, toast and pastries can exacerbate dry mouth syndrome -- nosh on healthy snacks such as fruit or smoothies instead.
Load up on lemonade. Lemonade is the perfect drink to quench your thirst on a hot, summer day. And it's also great for stimulating saliva activity and relieving dry mouth.
More Dry Mouth Remedies
If you suffer from a chronic illness such as Parkinson's disease or diabetes, it may be impossible to get rid of dry mouth syndrome completely. The same is true if you are taking medications for high blood pressure or depression. But all is not lost -- your doctor may be able to make adjustments to your medication dosage, which can help alleviate some of your dry mouth symptoms.
You can also get additional dry mouth relief if you:
- Brush your teeth or dentures regularly.
- Use mouthwashes that are alcohol-free.
- Avoid chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes.
- Gargle with club soda or water and salt 3-4 times a day.
- Chew or suck on sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
These dry mouth home remedies are safe for everyone, but remember that your dentist and physician are the experts, so be sure to get professional advice about your specific symptoms.
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