Xerostomia or dry mouth is caused by decrease in saliva in the mouth. AIDS, chemotherapy, diabetes, Sjorden’s Syndrome and many other conditions can cause this serious health condition. It is vital that you protect your teeth from decay when suffering from dry mouth. Today we will study some home remedies for dry mouth at night
1. Chew some gum
When you get your jaw going, your salivary glands get activated. This over the counter remedy will keep your mouth moist. If you do not like chewing gum, go for any chew, sticky food.
2. Sugar free lemon drops
This is another remedy for dry mouth. You can buy lemon or orange drops and suck on them. This will also activate the salivary glands. Exercise caution when buying these because many sugar free drops contain citric acid which can harm tooth enamel.
3. Drink more fluids
Nothing cures dry mouth like this remedy. Keep sipping on water every 10 minutes or so and keep your mouth fresh and moist. This is necessary to prevent tooth decay. You may also squeeze some lemon juice in a glass of water and drink this through the day. It is the best remedy for dry mouth caused due to alcohol high and it also prevents acidity. Stay away from sugary beverages and soft drinks as the sugar in these can really do a number on your teeth. Carbonated drinks also decalcify the teeth and can lead to cavities.
4. Suck on ice cubes
Dry mouth can be alleviated by sucking on ice cubes.
5. Licorice and slippery elm
Some important herbal remedies for this condition are licorice and slippery elm tea. Note that we are referring to deglycyrrhizinated licorice and not the candy. You can sip these herbal teas or make a mouth wash or oral rinse to clean the mouth after meals. Also swallow the pills available of these herbs and wash them down with water.
6. Vitamin E
Chew down on vitamin E capsule as the oil in the caplet will coat your mouth and prevent oral infections whilst hydrating the mouth. This antioxidant also helps prevent diseases by strengthening immunity. You can also do ‘oil pulling’ with vitamin E oil.
7. Nut oils and olive oil
Like Vitamin E oil, nut oils like walnuts, hazel nuts and almond oils etc also hydrate the mouth. Use these oils to gargle or do oil pulling with them. Also use olive oil for cooking and on salads etc. These provide a great taste to food while also hydrating the mouth.
8. Homeopathic remedies
Natrum Mur is a primary remedy for dry mouth accompanied by thirst, patchy tongue and thirst. Pulsatilla is indicated for non-thirst and dry mouth.
9. Vegetable glycerin
Brushing your teeth with food grade glycerin can also help. Alternatively, add some glycerin in water and soak a couple of sterile cotton balls in it. Place these in the mouth overnight to prevent dry mouth at night.
10. Cayenne pepper
This is a wonderful remedy to heal dry mouth as well as ulcers. Swish a solution of cayenne pepper in water every few hours. This simple remedy will add moisture to the oral cavity. You can also take cayenne pepper pills which are beneficial not only for this condition but also for many other issues like high cholesterol, dry skin etc.
11. Use natural toothpaste
Many toothpastes for sensitive teeth tend to make the oral cavity dry. So change to an herbal/all-natural toothpaste.
12. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the best dry mouth remedies over the counter. Buy food grade/3% hydrogen peroxide and swish it around the mouth several times. This will help you get rid of bacteria and prevent cavities, bad breath and other xerostomia symptoms.
13. Coconut oil pulling
Practice oil pulling every day. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil (organic variety only) for up to 20 minutes. Spit the oil out; do not swallow it, as it contains toxins. This remedy will hydrate the mouth and also prevent cavities.
14. Use a humidifier/diffuser with essential oils for dry mouth
One of the best ways to get rid of nighttime dry mouth is with essential oils. Diffuse some eucalyptus or peppermint oil in your room at nighttime. Alternatively, run a humidifier in the room to prevent the cold, dry air from irritating the nasal and oral cavities. You can also use essential oils to swish around the mouth. Make sure you dilute the oils first with a bit of water or carrier oil.
15. Fennel seeds
Another easy way to get rid of dry mouth at night is to chew some fennel seeds. Take a teaspoon of organic fennel seeds and place them under the tongue. The flavonoids in the seeds increase salivary production and prevent dry mouth.
Another great remedy for xerostomia is ginger. Use fresh ginger root and make some ginger tea in hot water with honey. Sip on this throughout the day. This spicy remedy will promote salivation and is the best remedy to get rid of dry mouth when high.
Try these 16 home remedies to get rid of dry mouth quickly.