How Can I Get Rid of Dry Mouth
Answer: Although eliminating the cause of dry mouth is the only effective long-term treatment, there are numerous ways to find temporary relief. Ask your dentist about saliva substitutes such as Oralube or Xerolube. Also ask if you need fluoride applications and rinses to protect against cavities. Rinsing with mouthwashes that are designed for dry mouth and chewing sugarless gum may also help you feel better.
Mouth-breathing can cause dry mouth, which can in turn lead to gum swelling and inflammation, especially around the front teeth. Mouth-breathing is caused by an inability to close the mouth due to an imbalance in the bite or to blockage of nasal passages because of a deviated septum or enlarged adenoids.
One cure for dry mouth may be as simple as changing a prescription or over-the-counter drug. Many anti-depressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, amphetamines and hypotensives can trigger this condition.
While immunosuppressed diseases such as Hodgkin's and AIDS may lead to dry mouth, so does radiation therapy involving the head and neck area. Pipe, cigar, and heavy cigarette smoking are other key causes, as are diabetes and blood disorders such as leukemia and pernicious anemia.