7 high cures and tricks to cope with it


Called xerostomia in the medical field, the feeling of dry mouth is linked to a lack of saliva or a change in its composition. It is estimated that one in five people are affected by dry mouth. And for these people, this hyposalivation can be very unpleasant on a daily basis. Indeed, this often leads to oral problems (bad breath, oral mycosis, cavities, gingivitis, etc.) as well as difficulties in swallowing and chewing or even just speaking. One may also have increased thirst, altered perception of the taste of food, and have a dry, sticky, irritated mouth and throat. Fortunately, whether permanent or temporary, there are very simple natural remedies and some good habits to have a less dry mouth.

1) Pay attention to the medications you take

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In 90% of cases, dry mouth is linked to taking certain medications. And the list of potential culprits is long! Certain analgesics, antihistamines, anxiolytics, antidepressants and neuroleptics, diuretics, antispasmodics, antihypertensives or drugs prescribed in the context of cancer chemotherapy can indeed promote the drying of the mouth. Above all, however, never stop your treatments alone. Speak with your doctor about a possible change in treatment or adaptation.

Good to know: Certain pathologies, and in particular autoimmune diseases such as Gougerot-Sjögren syndrome, can also dry out the mouth. Good supervision and medical follow-up is therefore crucial.

2) Good hydration against dry mouth

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A even mild dehydration can amplify the feeling of dry mouth. Also, although it may seem obvious, remember that staying hydrated throughout the day is very important.

3) Avoid anything that dehydrates

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Just above, we insisted on the importance of good hydration. On this subject, however, remember that not all drinks are created equal. Drinking plenty of water is excellent for the body, but is much less so when you add caffeine. Indeed, coffee and caffeinated beverages in general (such as caffeinated tea) have a strong dehydrating power. It’s the same for alcohol which is to be avoided in case of dry mouth.

Always to limit the phenomenon of dry mouth, it is also advisable to try tostop smoking. Indeed, cigarettes are an aggravating factor of dry mouth. Finally, in addition to smoking, also limit the intake of sugar, especially sugary drinks such as sodas, often rich in caffeine and with non-existent thirst-quenching power.

4) Always have chewing gum on hand

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Whether you opt for chewing gum or candies without sugar, the result will be the same. This will allow stimulate saliva production, and therefore temporarily relieve symptoms related to dry mouth.

5) Install an air humidifier to have less dry mouth

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One air too dry in your home or office can promote dry mouth. If the humidity level is below 40% in your room, you can invest in an air humidifier to use both during the day and at night for more comfort around your mouth.

6) Avoid breathing through your mouth

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Breathing through your mouth is not an ideal habit, as it can make dry mouth worse. In addition, it can also promote other health problems in the mouth. Also, try to breathe through your nose as much as possible.

7) Give natural herbal remedies for dry mouth a chance

Certain plants can promote the production of saliva. This helps relieve the feeling of dry mouth. Very moisturizing, aloe vera juice, for example, has an almost immediate effect and provides effective relief from dry mouth. In herbalism, you will also find marshmallow root, very effective in soothing the mouth and throat while stimulating the production of saliva, as well as holly root, the effectiveness of which was proven in a 2015 study against dry mouth. More simply, you can also use ginger to stimulate your saliva production. You can find them in all supermarkets!

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