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4 Dry Mouth Relief Remedies

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Have you ever had that sticky, dry feeling in your mouth? Xerostomia, dry mouth, or cottonmouth: no matter what you call it, it’s very unpleasant. Cottonmouth is a condition in which there is either a change in the composition of saliva or reduced salivary flow. This causes a dry, tacky, feeling in your mouth. It’s often caused by cigarettes, cigars, or marijuana. This leaves many smokers searching for remedies to relieve symptoms.  What follows are some simple remedies to relieve symptoms of cottonmouth.

  1. Stay Hydrated – Although it may seem obvious, drinking a lot of water is the best way to moisturize and relieve dry mouth. Hydration is essential for overall health, not just oral wellness. It should always be the first response to dry mouth since there’s no way consuming water can do anything but help! In addition, soda and coffee dehydrate the mouth and by decreasing intake, you can increase your hydration.  Taking regular drinks of water throughout the day will increase your hydration and help to relieve the symptoms of cottonmouth.
  1. Use a Dry Mouth Relief Mouthwash – Other than simply being annoying, dry mouth can also lead to bad breath. Without adequate saliva production to rid your mouth of dead cells, the dead cells will decompose and cause bad breath. A great and effective way to relieve cottonmouth and prevent it from causing bad breath is to use a mouthwash that specifically targets dry mouth.  For example, SmartMouth Dry Mouth Relief mouthwash is clinically formulated to relieve dry mouth by using Moisture-Lock Technology™ to rehydrate. SmartMouth’s Dry Mouth Relief rinse also utilizes zinc ion activation to prevent bad breath from returning for 12 hours.
  1. Use Saliva Substitutes – Artificial saliva creates an oral environment that is better at removing food debris and moistening oral tissue.  Saliva substitutes can be very chemically complex. However, some can be used regularly to help moisturize oral tissue.  Although artificial saliva will not cure dry mouth, it can definitely relieve some symptoms. This approach to handling dry mouth is not as common as other methods of relief.
  1. Stimulate Saliva – A simple way to temporarily relieve symptoms of cottonmouth in a pinch is to chew gum or use sugar-free candy.  This will help stimulate your saliva glands and assist salivary production. Another helpful saliva-stimulating product is SmartMouth Dry Mouth Relief Mints. SmartMouth Mints are specially formulated to soothe and moisturize to lessen dry mouth symptoms. These SmartMouth mints combine Zinc and Xylitol to kickstart saliva production and quickly relieve uncomfortable dry mouth.

Although cottonmouth is an unfortunate side effect of cigarette, cigar, or marijuana use, by using the remedies above, you can find relief. Whether it be by rinsing with a dry mouth mouthwash such as SmartMouth Dry Mouth Relief or by using SmartMouth Dry Mouth Relief Mints, you can quickly relieve yourself of that sticky, awful cottonmouth feeling.