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Dry mouth is irritating in and of itself, but the penalty can be rather damaging to your dental health; you may form cavities, a mouth infection, bad breath or even gum disease. Curing dry mouth starts with identifying the cause; this can be your medication, an excess of tobacco or alcohol, a certain disease such as Parkinson’s or HIV, or other things. Once you rid yourself of the cause, your dry mouth usually disappears.

Sometimes you may find that the cure for your dry mouth may create other problems that just aren’t worth it. Or you may find that it will take time to cure it. You might even find that your salivary glands are permanently damaged. If this is the case for you, it can be difficult to handle. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to provisionally alleviate your symptoms. One lovely option is to try a saliva substitute.

Saliva substitute products can come in the form of sprays, rinses, gels or lozenges. You might want to try a few variants prior to settling on what you like best. A prescription is not necessary. However, saliva substitutes are often difficult to find on local drugstore shelves. Ask your pharmacist or order them online. Before your first use, we advise that you carefully study the instructions. To allow the artificial saliva to adequately clean and nourish your teeth and gums, please do not to eat or drink for at least 15 minutes after use.

If you want more information on dry mouth remedies, you can call Slidell Family Dental Care in Slidell, Louisiana at 985-643-4553. You can ask our dental staff anything or arrange an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kent Stasney. We are happy to help.