Healthy tips:How to Moisten a Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a common irritation. But when it's unrelieved, it can point out a serious health problem. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggests how to combat an occasional case of dry mouth:

  • Keep water or a sugar-free drink on hand and drink regularly.
  • Avoid beverages that contain caffeine, which can be drying.
  • Boost saliva output with sugar-free gum or hard candy.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or using tobacco.
  • If dry mouth appears connected to a medication, speak to your doctor about adjusting the dose or changing to a different drug.
  • Run a humidifier at night.

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