Dry mouth or xerostomia has been thought to be due to reduced salivary flow, change in the composition of saliva, or has no identifiable cause. It is a common side effect of various medications.
Often seen among the older population, this has been attributed to the fact that this population tends to take more medications compared to others. Xerostomia or dry mouth is also seen among individuals who breathe through their mouth, in dehydration, and those who are undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially when it involves the salivary glands. There are also several diseases that can result in a dry mouth.
Xerostomia can result in complications such as dental caries, oral candidiasis, acid erosion, bad breath, sialadenitis (salivary gland infection), altered taste sensation, dysphagia (trouble swallowing), fissured tongue, and dry lips. Based on conservative estimates, about 20 percent of the population is affected, with higher prevalence among females and the older population. Below are 10 home remedies for dry mouth.
Home Remedy #1: Hydration
Staying hydrated is one of the most important factors of having a healthy lifestyle. The general recommendation is 8 glasses of water a day.
Since various studies have found that dehydration may play a role in contributing to dry mouth, increasing fluids or water intake can be an effective home remedy for individuals who experience dry mouth. This is especially true for those who live in dry or hot climates, those involved in sports, or those who are experiencing loss of fluids (such as during a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting).