Temporary dry mouth will usually go away when the underlying infection is cured or the medications that caused it are no longer taken. If dry mouth is due to a specific medical condition, treating or managing the condition may help with the dry mouth symptoms.
Using an artificial saliva spray can relieve dry mouth. Drinking fluids constantly; chewing sugarless gum; sucking on sugarless candies, ice chips, or dried fruit slices; or using a mouth rinse can all help.
Medications such as pilocarpine* can stimulate the salivary glands to make more saliva. Other medications, such as antihistamines and decongestants, can make dry mouth worse and therefore should be avoided.
Using a humidifier at night can also be beneficial. Smoking and drinking highly acidic citric juices should be discouraged.
If you have dry mouth, you have to be very disciplined about brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste or using fluoride rinses to prevent tooth decay. You should also see your dentist for regular checkups. If your salivary glands are sore and swollen, taking painkillers should help relieve the pain.
If you are diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, there are oral medications that can be used to improve your symptoms.
*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
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