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    Dr. Harris, my mouth is so dry!

    I found this article on dry mouth at colgate.com-see if this helps!

     

    Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while — if they are nervous, upset or under stress.

    But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems.

    Symptoms Include:

    A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
    Trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting or speaking
    A burning feeling in the mouth
    A dry feeling in the throat
    Cracked lips
    A dry, tough tongue
    Mouth sores
    An infection in the mouth

    What Can be Done About Dry Mouth?

    Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. If you think you have dry mouth, see your dentist or physician. He or she can try to determine what is causing your dry mouth.

    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 right 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

    What can I do?

    Sip water or sugarless drinks often
    Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and some sodas. 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; citrus, cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices
    Don’t use tobacco or alcohol. They dry out the mouth
    Be aware that spicy or salty foods may cause pain in a dry mouth
    Use a humidifier at night

    Sjögren’s Syndrome is a major cause of dry mouth. You can get information about dry mouth related to Sjögren’s Syndrome from:

    Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Building 10, Room 1N113
    10 Center Drive MSC 1190
    Bethesda, MD 20892-1190
    Tel: 301-435-8528
    http://wwwdir.nidcr.nih.gov/
    dirweb/gttb/sjogrens/SjogrenIndex.asp

    Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
    Suite 530
    8120 Woodmont Avenue
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Tel: 301-718-0300 or
    800-475-6473
    http://www.sjogrens.org

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