A common complaint among people suffering from dry mouth is the discomfort they experience when they are sleeping, or first thing in the morning. The lack of lubrication makes it difficult to relax or start daily routines when their cheeks, lips and tongue all seem to stick together. While it is completely normal for us to have a reduced saliva flow during our sleep, patients with xerostomia may feel as if they have no saliva flow at all during the night.
Keeping a bottle of water on your night stand is one thing that you can reach for first thing in the morning, but here are some tips to help you make your rest more comfortable:
Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol. Most popular over the counter rinses do contain some amount of alcohol, and using them can cause your oral tissues to dry up even further. Instead, rinse with a special formulated mouthwash that lubricates your mouth and is for people with xerostomia. While this may make your mouth feel slightly “slimy,” it helps things move around more and prevents tissues from sticking together. There are also artificial sprays that you can use immediately before bed or when you get up.
Assess what medications you are taking. Some prescription or over the counter medications list dry mouth as a common side effect. Do not discontinue your medications, but consider taking them first thing in the morning instead of right before bed.
Add a few drops of essential oil to your toothbrush at night. Some essential oils help stimulate saliva flow, in addition to freshening your breath and reducing your risk of gingivitis and gum disease.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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