My mouth is severely dried out from this and it is
hard to swallow so I can't eat
sharaimichelle: After much research, this is the best information I could find for you.
Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. If you think you have dry mouth, see your dentist or physician.
If your dry mouth is caused by medicine, your physician might change your medicine or adjust the dosage.
If your salivary glands are not working normally but can still produce some saliva, your physician or dentist might give you a medicine that helps the glands work better.
Your physician or dentist might suggest that you use artificial saliva to keep your mouth wet.
Relieving Dry Mouth
Sip water or sugarless drinks often. You should only take sips of water. Drinking large amounts of liquid will not make your mouth less dry. It will make you urinate more often and may strip your mouth of mucus, causing even more dryness.
Avoid drinks with caffeine. Drinks such as coffee, tea, and some sodas that contain caffeine can dry out the mouth.
Sip water or a sugarless drink during meals. This will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also improve the taste of food.
Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy to stimulate saliva flow. Flavors such as citrus, cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices. Take note, they must be sugar free because dry mouth makes you extremely prone to cavities.
Don't use tobacco or alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol tend to dry out the mouth.
Avoid certain foods. Be aware that spicy or salty foods may cause pain in a dry mouth.
Use a humidifier at night.
Remember, if you have dry mouth, you need to be even more attentive to keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Make sure you:
Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Floss your teeth every day.
Use toothpaste with fluoride. Most toothpastes sold at grocery and drug stores contain fluoride.
Avoid sticky, sugary foods. If you do eat them, brush immediately afterwards.
Visit your dentist for a check-up at least twice a year. Your dentist might give you a special fluoride solution that you can rinse with to help keep your teeth healthy.
I hope this helps you. Please see your dentist or physician if you need to. PNC
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