When we practice some high intensity sports such as running, cycling, basketball... almost everyone experiences the annoying and unpleasant sensation of having a dry mouth. In people who suffer from xerostomia due to any of the causes we have already talked about (autoimmune diseases, problems … [Más / More]
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth during pregnancy is one of the most common oral disorders that occurs as a result of the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy. Dry mouth can also affect the throat. Having a dry feeling in the mouth and throat during pregnancy is very common but temporary and will disappear when the pregnancy is over.
Besides the lack of saliva, pregnancy can trigger, directly and indirectly, other oral problems such as gum infections (pregnancy gingivitis), tooth sensitivity and increased caries risk. Relieving dry mouth can help prevent the rest of mouth problems.
During pregnancy the same general tips for relieving dry mouth can be applied, but here are five more specific tips to keep in mind during gestation. [Más / More]
The treatment of dry mouth depends on several factors, but mainly the problem or the underlying disease causing dry mouth.
In cases of irreversible xerostomia (due to autoimmune diseases, removal of glands, and atrophy of the glands from radiation or aging) there are no treatments that restore the functionality of the salivary glands. The only treatments possible are symptomatic methods like mechanical stimulation, acidic-substances or sialogogue drugs. [Más / More]
Xerostomia is not diagnosed promptly in most cases. This is usually because each person perceives dry mouth differently and some scientific studies indicate that we may lose 50% of our salivary flow without noticing that we have dry mouth. Therefore, many people who have dry mouth do not realize that this is a problem until symptoms become more severe. [Más / More]
As I said before, I don’t like to use oral sprays for dry mouth (or anything else) in public because I found them very indiscreet. However, it is undeniable that oral sprays can be a great help to relieve dry mouth, specially in cases of severe xerostomia.
In my search for the best spray (one that goes unnoticed when you use it in public, with a pleasant taste and long-lasting effects) I found the Xerostom spray which, according to the packaging, moisturizes the mouth and stimulates the activity of the salivary glands.
Will be Xerostom the ultimate spray for dry mouth? We will see right away. [Más / More]
As mentioned in previous articles, the arrival of summer may exacerbate dry mouth. Generally, in summer our body produces less saliva than in winter, and the high temperatures may lead to other factors that can worsen dry mouth. Therefore, summer is a dangerous time for oral health, especially for people who suffer from xerostomia. In this article we will explain why and how to prevent the worsening of dry mouth. [Más / More]
I really wanted to test XyliMelts for dry mouth. I had read many positive reviews of this product on the Internet, where it is described in some cases as almost miraculous. For those who are not familiar with them, XyliMelts are discs (a little thick in my opinion) that stick to the gums and … [Más / More]
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 … [Más / More]
Xylitol is a sugar-like substance generally used as sweetener in chewing gum and candies. It is also found in many products made specifically for dry mouth. Xylitol is an excellent ally in the fight against dry mouth because it stimulates saliva production and helps prevent cavities. In addition, … [Más / More]
People suffering from xerostomia are at an increased risk of oral problems caused by the lack of saliva, which, as we have discussed in previous articles, plays an important role in protecting the mouth and teeth. When you are diagnosed with xerostomia or dry mouth, doctors recommend that you be … [Más / More]
Certain foods stimulate salivary gland's function and as a result, increase salivation. They are called "sialogogue foods". In contrast, other foods can cause dry mouth and worsen the problem. If you suffer from xerostomia, it is important to know which foods improve or aggravate your dry … [Más / More]