Best Tips for the Treatment and Prevention of Dry Mouth

The texture and appearance of your tongue says a lot about you suffering from dry mouth.

Dry mouth is an oral health issue that has several causes. Medically referred to as xerostomia, it happens when the mouth’s saliva production stops or shuts down. But it really isn’t something that’s utterly serious because you alone can treat it. You just have to know how.

You should know that there’s really no such thing as the best way to treat this condition because your approach will depend primarily on what is causing it. While you are able to do things in order to give it temporary relief, you may have to identify the cause in order to figure out a long-term solution.

In Mayo Clinic‘s official blog, there’s a bunch of tips on how you can provide temporary relief to your dry mouth. See them below:

  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva. For some people, xylitol, which is often found in sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies, may cause diarrhea or cramps if consumed in large amounts.
  • Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can make your mouth drier.
  • Don’t use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying.
  • Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Sip water regularly.
  • Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes — look for products containing xylitol, such as Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray, or ones containing carboxymethylcellulose (kahr-bok-see-meth-ul-SEL-u-lohs) or hydroxyethyl cellulose (hi-drok-see-ETH-ul SEL-u-lohs), such as Biotene Oral Balance.
  • Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth — especially one that contains xylitol, such as Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse or ACT Total Care Dry Mouth Rinse, which also offer protection against tooth decay.
  • Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can make your symptoms worse.
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
  • Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/expert-answers/dry-mouth/faq-20058424

You might be wondering why you have dry mouth in the first place. Keep in mind that when it happens to you, it means your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva. And when everything’s dry in there, it means that your teeth and gums are put at a certain level of risk. Sometimes, the simplest cause of it is because you don’t brush your teeth regularly or you frequently eat acidic and sugary food.

Acidic food can cause dry mouth. (image credit: WikiHow.com)

In the website MedicineNet.com meanwhile, we found some information about the symptoms of dry mouth. You likewise should read it in order to figure out if you really are suffering from it.

Symptoms include:

  • a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting, or speaking
  • a burning feeling in the mouth
  • a dry feeling in the throat
  • cracked lips
  • a dry, rough tongue
  • mouth sores
  • an infection in the mouth

The same post goes on to mention the possible causes:

What causes dry mouth?

People get dry mouth when the glands in the mouth that make saliva are not working properly. Because of this, there might not be enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. There are several reasons why these glands (called salivary glands) might not work right.

Side effects of some medicines. More than 400 medicines can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva. For example, medicines for high blood pressure and depression often cause dry mouth.

Disease. Some diseases affect the salivary glands. Sjogren’s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes can all cause dry mouth.

Radiation therapy. The salivary glands can be damaged if they are exposed to radiation during cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy. Drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, causing the mouth to feel dry.

Nerve damage. Injury to the head or neck can damage the nerves that tell salivary glands to make saliva.

If you want to read the rest of the article, click here.

While there are conventional ways of preventing dry mouth, there might come a time when you no longer can avoid it. At this point, you have no other choice but to treat it. Well, you can always visit your dentist to ask for help if you want it addressed as soon as possible. But then again, you also have the option of treating it yourself using home remedies.

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In an article titled “Home Remedies for Dry Mouth” from Top10HomeRemedies.com, there are several practical home remedies you can make to solve your problem. We find three of them to be the most convenient for you to make.

Aloe Vera

An age-old remedy to treat dry mouth is aloe vera. It also helps protect the sensitive tissue in the mouth and enhances the taste buds.

Drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice daily to cure dry mouth.
You can also rinse your mouth with aloe vera juice a few times a day.
Alternatively, apply pure aloe vera gel around your mouth using a cotton swab. Leave it on for several minutes and then rinse your mouth with cold water. Do this 2 or 3 times a day.

Increase Fluid Intake

Dehydration is one of the most common reasons behind dry mouth. So, the best thing you can do is increase your fluid intake to keep your body hydrated. Proper hydration will make it easier for your body to produce more saliva and help get rid of the symptoms of dry mouth.

Consume an ample amount of water throughout the day. If you cannot drink water, suck on small pieces of ice.
Eat partly frozen chunks of water-based fruits and vegetables like pineapple, watermelon and cucumber.
Drink smoothies, fruit juice or vegetable juice.
Drink 1 to 2 glasses of coconut water daily.
Drink herbal teas like green tea, chamomile tea, or others.
Eat soft and liquid foods like stews and soups.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm contains mucilage. Due to this substance, it becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. This gel helps coat and soothe the mouth as well as the throat. Plus, it can effectively relieve many discomforts associated with dry mouth.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of slippery elm to a cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink this tea twice daily.

Another option is to prepare a paste with some slippery elm bark powder and enough water. Apply it inside the mouth, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with water. Do this once or twice daily.

See the other home remedies suggested here.

Once you’re done reading this article, you must understand that dry mouth is a minor oral health issue that needs to be resolved as soon as possible. Why the condition itself isn’t life threatening, it may lead to complications and more serious oral health problems.

Best Tips for the Treatment and Prevention of Dry Mouth

Top Tips on How To Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

Your teeth and gums are supposed to be taken care of because you don’t want to develop gum disease and tooth decay. But one common problem many people have is that they’re just too lazy to give oral and dental care the attention it needs. Well, the thought of going to a dentist is likewise something that most of us don’t really look forward to.

But then again, we all are required to make sure that our teeth and gums are healthy. Now if you don’t have a clue how you should be doing it, read on.

First of all, you need to brush your teeth regularly. You can’t do it once a day or twice every other day. That’s simply not enough. In fact, dentists recommend that adults should brush their teeth right after every meal. Here’s a good set of tips from WebMD.com about the proper ways of doing this routinely simple job.

Tips for Brushing Teeth

Brush at least twice a day. If you can, brush after every meal. Ideally wait 30 minutes after eating, this will allow any enamel that softened from acid during eating to re-harden and not get brushed away. Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When bacteria in plaque come into contact with food, they produce acids. These acids lead to cavities.

To brush:

Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on the head of the toothbrush. (Use a soft toothbrush.)

Place the toothbrush against the teeth at a 45-degree angle up to the gum line.

Move the brush across the teeth using a small circular motion. Continue with this motion cleaning one tooth at a time. Keep the tips of the bristles against the gum line. Avoid pressing so hard that the bristles lie flat against the teeth. (Only the tips of the toothbrush clean the teeth.) Let the bristles reach into spaces between teeth.

Brush across the top of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Make sure the bristles get into the grooves and crevices.

Use the same small circular motion to clean the backside of the upper and lower teeth — the side that faces the tongue.

To clean the inside of the bottom front teeth, angle the head in an up-and-down position toward the bottom inside of the mouth and move the toothbrush in a small circle.

Do you want more? See this article.

The thing with brushing your teeth is that you actually don’t need to look for other ways of treating gum disease or tooth decay, only if you do it on a regular basis. Again, the key here is consistency. You can’t spare a day or two without brushing because bacteria in your mouth will make their move once you give them an ideal place to thrive inside.

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Now what if you already suffer from gum disease? Can it be treated by simply brushing? To answer that, read this excerpt from an article we found at Colgate.com talking gum disease:

The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with proper brushing and flossing. Good oral health will help keep plaque from building up.

A professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. Your dentist or hygienist will clean or “scale” your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline. If your condition is more severe, a root planing procedure may be performed. Root planing helps to smooth irregularities on the roots of the teeth making it more difficult for plaque to deposit there.

By scheduling regular checkups, early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. If your condition is more advanced, treatment in the dental office will be required.

Read the rest of the article here.

You have to understand that gum disease is a condition that needs to be treatment right away. If you’re not aware of it, it’s actually the main cause of bad breath. If you don’t want to get embarrassed, be sure you visit your dentist once you feel like you have this kind of condition.

Take a look at this helpful video that talks about how important diet is in terms of taking care of your teeth and gums. (video credit: NutritionFacts.org)

And yes, the last thing you want to do to ensure good oral health is eat right. This one’s probably the hardest to do but if you really are committed to it, then it’s possible.

Top Tips on How To Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

How to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

That right there is a guilt-free smile. (image credit: TheBeautyBean.com)

There is a particularly obvious reason why most of us hide our teeth when we smile or when a photo of us is taken. That’s because most of us believe our teeth aren’t white enough. And if you are obsessed in the thought of your teeth looking ugly and yellow, that’s because they probably are. While the most effective solution is to get professional teeth whitening, many people, probably including you don’t have the time to go to the dentist. So as a remedy, you instead can make your own ways of whitening your teeth.

This article is all about that.

It’s no secret that the most basic way of keeping your teeth clean, healthy, and white is to make sure you brush them. But brushing them at least twice a day may no longer apply if you are someone who consumes a lot of food and colorful drinks. Read this article from Draxe.com, titled “6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth.

1. Brush After Drinking or Eating

The best way, but not always the easiest is to simply brush your teeth after eating or drinking something. This takes a lot of persistence and can even be kind of difficult depending on where you are at the time. Most food does not stain teeth, but if you are a coffee drinker or if you smoke, you can pretty much count on having discolored teeth from staining. If this is the case then having your teeth cleaned every three months may be in order, besides trying some of the natural remedies listed here.

2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

This works great as a natural teeth whitener. Many people confirm to the fact that it does make their teeth look whiter. Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda to make a paste. Brush your teeth as usual, making sure you brush those back teeth too. Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs.

Baking soda is a gritty substance like sandpaper so be careful that you have enough hydrogen peroxide mixed in with the soda because if you don’t it can very well scrub the enamel right off your teeth and enamel does not grow back. The paste should not be gritty at all, and in fact it should be a runnier paste than a stiff paste.

Want more? Read this.

Baking soda for teeth whitening. (photo credit: Organics.org)

The two ways mentioned above are the simplest to do at home. It’s highly unlikely that you don’t have any baking soda or hydrogen peroxide at home. If you don’t have them, you can conveniently purchase them in your grocery store. Also, baking soda must be used moderately, probably once or twice a week because it contains some elements that can weaken the enamel of your teeth.

Meanwhile, WikiHow.com wants you to first stick to the basics of using good old toothpaste. But many of us use just any kind of toothpaste without even reading what it does. This time, it makes perfect sense to read the label and learn what you want from it.

Choose the right toothpaste. Toothpastes are a key part of your oral hygiene routine as they help remove food debris and plaque from your teeth and gums. Toothpastes can come in a gel, paste or powder form and while they may have similar ingredients, there are different kinds of toothpastes that are made for individual needs.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water. Toothpastes with fluoride help prevent tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel and fighting away bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride toothpaste is also recommended for toddlers and children. For children younger than three years, an amount equal to a grain of rice is enough. For children aged three to six years, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes usually contain mild abrasives that are typically mineral compounds such as magnesium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides and calcium carbonate. These help remove surface stains that cause yellowing. Whitening toothpastes also often contain a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent that helps remove stains.

Whitening toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide can cause sensitivity, which you can ease by alternating between a whitening and sensitivity toothpaste every day.

Read the whole article from this link.

It is definitely true that the underlying reason why many of us have yellow teeth is because we tend to forget to brush them. As mentioned in the first set of tips, it is very important that we brush them immediately after eating or drinking.

But if you want a more aggressive approach and fast results, you could take this advice from WellnessMama.com about a method called oil pulling.

The basic concept here is swishing oil (like sesame or coconut) in the mouth for 20 minutes to help remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth. Coconut oil has been proven effective against the streptococcus mutans bacteria that contributes to cavities and gum disease.

Since beginning oil pulling on a regular basis, I’ve noticed that my teeth are smooth and shiny and the dental assistants have commented that I had very little plaque at recent cleanings.

What to do: Swish with a small amount of coconut oil for 20 minutes a day, preferably first thing in the morning before eating. I make single use size coconut oil pulling chews to make this even easier and do this while showering.

See the rest of the article here.

The only thing that may prevent you from doing this stuff is the fact that putting coconut oil in your mouth is unpleasant. You may or may not like it, but rest assured, it’ll help you get over that yellow teeth without spending a lot of money.

How to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Diabetes and Dental Care: Tips on How You Should Take Care of Your Teeth and Mouth

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Diabetes is a condition that affects the entire body, especially your mouth and teeth. While most people will need to see a dentist once every year, a person suffering from diabetes may have to visit a dental health professional more. But taking care of your teeth and gums as a diabetes patient does not end at the dental office. You still have to do your own caring at home to prevent the likelihood of developing serious oral health issues.

In this post, we’ll talk about the various tips handed out by professionals and established authorities from reliable websites.

Let’s start out with the things you should watch out for if you have diabetes. This information comes from WebMD.com:

  • Dry mouth, which can lead to soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay.
  • Inflammation in your gums.
  • Thrush. People with diabetes who often take antibiotics to fight infections are more likely to get this fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. The fungus thrives on the high levels of sugar in the saliva of people with uncontrolled diabetes. It can give your mouth and tongue a burning feeling.

Read more at: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/dental-health-dental-care-diabetes

All those signs above must be taken seriously. As someone who has diabetes, you do have to understand that you’re not like everyone else. You need to do a little more than what needs to be done when it comes to dental care.

Next, talk to a dentist about your condition. A dental professional should be one of the first people you have to seek advice with regards to your dental health in connection to your condition. Here’s a couple of tips from Colgate.com in a post called “Diabetes Dental Tips.

Tell your dentist you have diabetes and ask him or her to show you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
People with diabetes get gum disease more often than people who do not have diabetes. Gum infections can make it hard to control blood sugar. Once a gum infection starts, it can take a long time to heal. If the infection is severe, teeth can loosen or even fall out. Good blood sugar control can prevent gum problems.

Keeping your own teeth is important for healthy eating. Natural teeth help you chew foods better and easier than you can with dentures. Because infections can make gums sore and uneven, dentures may not fit right. Be sure to tell your dentist if your dentures hurt.

Have a dental checkup at least every six months.
Take good care of your teeth and gums. At least twice a day, brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use dental floss every day to clean between the teeth.

If your gums bleed while you are brushing your teeth or eating, or a bad taste stays in your mouth, go to the dentist. Tell your dentist about any other changes you see, such as white patches, in your mouth.

Source: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/article/diabetes-dental-tips

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You’ll see that all those tips mentioned above are things you probably might have heard of already. The reason why we’re posting them here is because you have to be constantly be reminded of them since you tend to forget the importance of doing those “mundane” stuff.

Finally, make it a point that your condition is controlled and if possible, treated. Yes, diabetes is an incurable disease but many people have succeeded in combatting it through a healthy lifestyle. In an article titled “Diabetes and Your Smile” by Laura Martin from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, she emphasized the symptoms related to your dental health once diabetes is left untreated.

The warning signs of diabetes affect every part of your body. After a blood test, you may be told by a doctor that you have high blood sugar. You may feel excessively thirsty or have to urinate a lot. Weight loss and fatigue are other common symptoms. Diabetes can also cause you to lose consciousness if your blood sugar falls too low.

If diabetes is left untreated, it can take a toll on your mouth as well. Here’s how:

You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry. (Dry mouth is also caused by certain medications.)
Because saliva protects your teeth, you’re also at a higher risk of cavities.
Gums may become inflamed and bleed often (gingivitis).
You may have problems tasting food.
You may experience delayed wound healing.
You may be susceptible to infections inside of your mouth.
For children with diabetes, teeth may erupt at an age earlier than is typical.

Learn more about this article here.

Always be reminded that the best way to avoid getting dental health problems is to control your blood glucose level. Of course, you have to combine that by taking good care of your teeth and gums. There really is no point in going to the dentist as frequent as possible if you don’t commit yourself to lowering and controlling your blood sugar.

Diabetes and Dental Care: Tips on How You Should Take Care of Your Teeth and Mouth

Baby Teeth: Are They Important?

the importance of baby teethHaving a baby is an exciting time for many families. There is nothing quite as special as adding a new member to the family. For new parents and parents of multiples, it is important to take care of your newborn in the best way possible. This includes emotionally as well as physically. Even though newborns don’t have teeth, it is important to maintain their oral health.

Baby bottle tooth decay is something that most parents don’t consider until it is staring at them in the face. Fortunately, it is preventable. Sometimes parents are tempted to leave a baby bottle, full of milk in the crib with
baby so that they can “self-sooth” and feed them-self once they are able to. However, this is a big no-no. As convenient as it might seem, you are doing more damage than good. In the following article by the American Dental Association, they discuss this in further detail:

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other
teeth may also be affected. There are many factors which can cause tooth decay. One common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Tooth decay is a disease that can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being
passed from the mother (or primary caregiver) to the infant. These bacteria are passed through the saliva. When the mother puts the baby’s feeding spoon
in her mouth, or cleans a pacifier in her mouth, the bacteria can be passed
to the baby.

If your infant or toddler does not receive an adequate amount of fluoride,
they may also have an increased risk for tooth decay. The good news is that
decay is preventable.

Click here to see the full article.

One of the best things that you can do for your baby’s oral health is to properly clean a pacifier if they are use them and to disallow your baby to sleep with a baby bottle of milk or other sugary drinks at night.

 

Taking care of your baby’s teeth is important and will give the proper foundation for a life of good oral health. You can start early to make sure that you baby has the best oral care possible. Even baby teeth need care just like permanent teeth and how you take care of the baby teeth will affect the permanent teeth. In the following article by Parents, they provide some useful tips on how to take care of your baby’s pearly whites:

Start cleaning your child’s mouth even before her teeth come in. Wipe the gums off after each feeding with a warm, wet washcloth or a dampened piece of gauze wrapped around your finger.

Once the teeth begin coming in, start taking care of them right away. Many parents think baby teeth aren’t important because they’re eventually replaced by permanent ones. But these first teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones and help Baby chew and talk. If they’re not cared for properly they can decay, leading to a gum infection called gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of permanent teeth.

Most infant foods easily wash off Baby’s teeth with just a drink of water after meals. But it’s good to introduce a toothbrush (choose a very soft one) as soon as possible, so baby can get used to having it in his mouth. You probably won’t need to use the brush to actually clean Baby’s teeth until he’s eating only table foods (and has a significant number of teeth), at around 18 months.

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Taking care of your baby’s teeth is important and the care that you put in now affects the permanent teeth as well. As the article states, some parents do not think that baby teeth are important because they are not permanent but even so, it is still important to take care of your baby’s teeth and gums.

Baby Teeth: Are They Important?