Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mouth Dryness Home Care

Home care for xerostomia includes:

  • Avoid dry climates.
  • Use a humidifier in the house.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.
  • Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Practice good oral hygiene:
    • Brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day.
  • See a dentist every 6 months.
  • Avoid antihistamine medications, such as Benadryl.

Mouth Dryness Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have xerostomia and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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