Mouth Dryness Treatment
Treatment for xerostomia may include stopping medications that cause dry mouth, drinking plenty of liquids, and practicing good oral hygiene. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe a medication that stimulates the salivary glands to produce saliva.
Specific treatment of xerostomia may include:
- Stop medications that may cause dry mouth.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Stop smoking.
- Practice good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day.
- Regular professional dental cleaning
- Medications for xerostomia:
Mouth Dryness Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of xerostomia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for xerostomia?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Mouth Dryness Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat xerostomia:
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