According to the department of Health ‘s statistics, up to 20 percent of population have dry mouth. Dry mouth causes smelling breath, makes the reasonable environment for bacteria easily intrude and develop that results in other serious diseases. So, how to get rid of dry mouth but not to take artificial saliva products or seek dentist, we introduce to you 2 simple methods to solve the problem.
Method 1: Changing the daily diet
- Drinking plenty of water
Dehydration is the main cause of dry mouth. Drinking plenty of water helps to supply enough amount of water for the body as well as relieve dry mouth.
Scientifically speaking, the indispensable amount of water for 1 kilogram of the body in common state is 40 ml. A person weighs 50 kilograms needs enough 2 to 2,5 l water (approximately 8 glasses of water) every day including about 1l is absorbed the body in the term of drinking-water such as tea, coffee, juices, the rest is food. However, due to the variable natural disposition of everyone so you don’t have to obey to the principles strictly. The best thing is every 1 hours you supply 100ml water to the body to have the adequate amount of water to keep hydrated. When drinking water, you should drink step by step, take a moderate mouthful of water and should not go beyond 150 to 200 ml water at a time. Before meals about 15 minutes, drink 150 to 200 ml water and after meals about 30 to 40 minutes, drink again with the adequate amount of water.
However, you drink plenty of water, but not too much. Drinking too much water not only worsens the state of dry mouth but also causes other serious consequences such as poisoning water, making functional disorder of kidney goes on and on.
Besides water, you also replace by eating fruits with the abundant amount of water such as pineapple, watermelon, cucumber; drinking smoothies, fruit juice or vegetable juice because they can keep moisture for the mouth.
- Avoiding or limiting caffeinated substances
Caffeine makes dry mouth by slowing down the process of secreting saliva, that also results in having a bad breath. Alcohol, coffee or tobacco worsen the state of dry mouth, so you should cut down on or even quit drinking or smoking it. Instead, you should drink green tea because green tea has the ability to keep water for the body and strengthens moisture for mouth or you can chew sugar-free gum to decrease crave for caffeinated substances.
- Eating soft or moist foods
These foods help you easily chew that makes you not to secret too much saliva. The good choices include soft meat, chicken, fish, smooth peanut butter, cream soups, cheese, yogurt, canned fruit, soft salad, mashed potatoes, soft-cooked pasta, cooked cereal, ice cream, cake, ice cream, smoothies.
Method 2: Controlling your habits
- Making a good hygiene for mouth
How to get rid of dry mouth also depends on too much your oral hygiene habit. After meals, you brush your teeth to prevent bacteria from fermenting food which creates acid damages to teeth enamel.
Use artificial saliva as a mouthwash (the kind with alcohol-free but filled with hydroxyethyl cellulose, xylitol) at least twice a day to spray mouth or use water-soluble tablets to not only kill bacteria or remove plaque but also improve the state of dry mouth.
Check regularly every 6 months to timely detect and treat oral diseases or salivary gland.
Chewing sugar-free gum or sugar-free candy not only secrets saliva about 10 times as much as non-chewing but also helps salivary grand circulates and operates more effectively.
Brushing your teeth with toothpaste which contains fluoride and use dental floss.
Use the gels applied to the teeth to help neutralize the acid produced by bacteria.
- Use a humidifier
You should use a humidifier in your bedroom, especially at night to creates enough moisture environment, thus keep your mouth moist.
The ideal moisture in the room is 30 to 50%. So, the excessive moisture makes the good environment for bacteria and mold to grow and develop, which affects your health.
For those products with fragrance humidifier, you also need to understand flavoring oils to avoid using untested chemicals which affects the respiratory system.
You make good habits and pay attention to daily diet according to our instructions as above to get rid of dry mouth.