When good weather arrives, many health problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia, flu, arthritis and osteoarthritis improve or disappear completely. However, warm weather can worsen your dry mouth symptoms.
Rising temperatures, especially in regions with dry climates, cause dry mouth and a burning throat almost constantly. Air conditioning is at maximum setting almost perennially from May to September in offices, shops homes.., everywhere! It dries out mucous membranes and worsens the situation for people suffering from xerostomia. In addition, people with dry mouth need to wake up every few hours to drink water during warm nights and suffer the consequences of their poor sleep during the day.
When temperatures are close to 86ºF (30ºC), the body needs more hydration. In general, daily water losses range from half a liter and three and a half liters depending on the body temperature, gender, and physical activity of each person. In the summer, water losses can be up to 1 liter more per day than in winter.
People with dry mouth may also show signs of dehydration and feel their mouth is drier than usual.
For this reason, there are some essential products and tips for relieving dry mouth during the spring and summer.
Here are my 5 “must-have” dry mouth products for the spring/summer season.
Disclaimer: Before starting I would like to clarify that I have not received any financial compensation from any brand. The brand names referred to are only for your reference.
1) Water bottle
In fine weather, we are more active, spend more time outdoors and may need to have water always readily at hand.
Whether it is summer or winter, I always take a water bottle in my bag, but I recognize that in the summer I am addicted to it. I feel a certain sense of anxiety if I don’t have water nearby in the summer.
I have a Nalgene® plastic bottle with half a liter of capacity, which has become my most loyal companion. I’ve tried several brands of bottles and I’ll take this one without hesitation. In a future article we will discuss the importance of choosing a good bottle of water.
2) Smint Tabs in mint flavor
I have found Smint Tabs (mint flavored) a small but great ally in the fight against dry mouth.
In the previous article, we explained that xylitol is a valuable aid to relieve dry mouth.
Smint Tabs are sugarless, acid-free tiny candies with xylitol.
These small candies come in a little plastic box that is discreet and lightweight, as well as easy to carry in your bag or even in your pocket. Besides, these candies can be eaten in public without attracting attention. In fact, you will be asked for a candy for sure.
Smint Tabs are perfect after meals or snacking because xylitol increases saliva production and decreases the acidity of the mouth, plus their minty flavor freshens breath. And they are also delicious.
It is important to note that strawberry, wild fruits or lemon-orange Smint Tabs don’t contain xylitol and do contain acids.
3) Oral Spray
Although I have not yet found the ideal oral spray, in summer I usually carry one in my bag as a “lifesaver”. Furthermore, there are some situations in which you can’t carry a large water bottle and oral sprays are suitable substitutes.
Oral sprays are small, stimulate saliva production and their effects last about half an hour.
As I mentioned in another article, the most negative aspect of the sprays is their eye-catching use in public.
4) Iced-teas and frozen infusions
Replacing coffee, beer or wine with iced-tea and frozen infusions is the healthiest way to keep your mouth fresh and moist.
5) Gel moisturizer at night
Although I do not quite like moisturizing gels, I always use Biotène’s long-lasting moisturizing gel Oralbalance on warm nights. This gel protects the mouth, prevents the burning sensation and inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.