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The effects of dry mouth can be rather harmful to your health, resulting in cavities, mouth infections, halitosis and even gum disease. Permanently eradicating it usually starts with identifying the cause, which can be certain medications, an excess of tobacco or alcohol, a disease, or other things. Sometimes you may find that the consequences of permanently abandoning your dry mouth may outweigh the benefits. If that is the case, you can find ways to temporarily relieve your symptoms. One option is to use a saliva substitute.

Though artificial saliva is no match for its natural counterpart, consistent applications do a great job of relieving your dry mouth symptoms for a time and protecting your mouth from many dental issues. Saliva substitute products can come as sprays, rinses, gels or lozenges. It’s all about your preference. You may want to try a few variants of saliva substitutes before you decide what’s right for you.

Though a prescription is not required, saliva substitutes are often complicated to find in local drugstores. Ask your pharmacist about them or order them online. Before your first use, read the directions on the packaging. It’s crucial not to eat or drink for at least 15 minutes after use to permit the saliva to adequately clean and nourish your teeth and gums.

If you have would like some more tips on treating dry mouth, you can call Riverside Dental in Jacksonville, Florida at 904.355.5531. You are welcome to ask our dental staff anything or to book an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Michael Spencer. We are happy to help.