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What’s the Best Way to Prevent a Dry Mouth?

Do you suffer from a dry mouth during the morning hours? Does this issue worsen as the day goes on? Has it become an all day problem?

Regardless of when you most often experience a dry mouth, it’s safe to say that it’s uncomfortable and inhibiting.

There are several ways to prevent a dry mouth, with these among the best:

·      Stay hydrated: Dehydration can result in a dry mouth, among a variety of other concerns. Avoid this by drinking (or sipping) water throughout your day.

·      Chew sugar free gum: This is a great way to stimulate the flow of saliva, thus preventing a dry mouth. Sugar free is the way to go, as gum with sugar can cause a variety of oral health problems, such as cavities.

·      Avoid caffeine: It feels good while you’re drinking that coffee or can of soda, but caffeine has a way of drying you out. You may not be able to avoid caffeine use altogether, but attempt to limit your intake if a dry mouth has become a major problem.

With these three tips guiding you, it’s easier to prevent a dry mouth and everything that comes along with it. You may find that one of these changes is just what you needed.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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