Tips to Recommend to Dry Mouth Patients
*Sip water frequently throughout the day
*Use lip balm or Vaseline to sooth dry lips
*Limit consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
*Seek help to quit smoking, because smoking exacerbates dry mouth
*Use a humidifier in the bedroom at nighttime: some dry-mouth sufferers feel worst at night
*Avoid strong mint-flavored foods, such as gum, mints, or minty chocolates
*Avoid irritating foods and beverages, such as those that are dry, spicy, excessively hot or cold, or contain alcohol
*Avoid using astringent oral hygiene products, such as alcohol-containing or strongly flavored mouthwashes and toothpaste
*Avoid oral hygiene products containing sodium lauryl sulfate since these may contribute to the formation of ulcers or canker sores in a dry mouth
> It is also important to explain to patients that xerostomia increases the risk of gum disease, oral yeast infections, oral ulcers, plaque build-up and caries, and their active participation in preventive dental hygiene can reduce these risks significantly.
Remind patients to:
*Do interdental cleanings daily to prevent or remove plaque
*Brush at least twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush and a mildy flavored, low abrasive flouride toothpaste
*Reduce intake of sugary or acidic foods or beverages, because these futher raise caries risk
*Do a self-examination of the mouth three times a week, checking for red or white patches, ulcers, or swollen or bleeding gums, and to alert a dental healthcare-giver if these signs are observed.