Having a dry mouth puts you at a much higher risk of new decay, gum disease and halitosis! When you don't have as much saliva in your mouth you are no longer able to wash away the bacteria that builds up on your teeth, gums and tongue. This bacteria will then accumulate faster that someone with more saliva, therefore increasing your changes of new decay, gum disease and halitosis.
Dry mouths are commonly caused by many medications, radiation therapy, Sjogren's syndrome, and mouth breathing (can be causes by large tonsils or blocked nasal passages),
TREATING DRY MOUTH
1. Suck on sugar free mints or gum, even better use sugar free gum and mints with xylitol.
2. Sip on water through out the day and keep a glass on your night stand over night.
3. Avoid alcohol based mouth rinses and alcohol in general.
4. Avoid caffeine
5. Don't smoke.
6. Ask your pharmacist about saliva substitutes..
7. Use Biotene products. (toothpastes, mouthwashes, and mouth sprays)
8. Ask pharmacist if they carry Xylimelts this is a great product that my clients rave about that adhere to the inside of your cheek and help tremendously with night time dry mouth issues. Many of my clients use them during the day.