If you are looking for a quick, cheap and easy dry mouth treatment while on the go, I recommend you get yourself some xylitol mints or xylitol moisturising chewing gums that are specifically made for bad breath or dry mouth sufferers. Remedies for xerostomia sufferers can range from mouthwashes to gels or tongue sprays. Here I will talk about dry mouth mints and chewing gums which contain xylitol.
It is extremely common for halitosis sufferers to experience dry mouth symptoms frequently: in fact, most of the time it is precisely the lack of moisture that causes the bad breath itself!! And if it is not the main cause, I can assure you it will certainly exacerbate your halitosis!
When you get a dry mouth (called xerostomia), there is an imbalance in the pH of your mouth and this creates an environment that is more welcoming to anaerobic bacteria. In addition, bacteria become a lot more concentrated in your saliva (as there is less of it) and so bad smells will volatilise at a higher rate into the air. This will worsen your halitosis and it also will be more noticeable at further distances.
Common causes of xerostomia are not drinking enough water during the day, and many types of medications, for instance anti-depressants. Typical dry mouth symptoms are a bitter or sour taste in the mouth, possibly a hot or burning sensation, as well as the obvious feeling of dryness.
Therefore, what you want is to make sure that you increase the amount of saliva in your mouth. So a basic dry mouth treatment is to make sure you drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. I personally find it a lot easier when I fill a big bottle and leave it next to my desk if I am at work, or on the kitchen worktop, if I am cooking, etc. This is really important, so try and stick to it!
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Also, try to reduce your alcohol and coffee intake: both are well known to cause dry mouth. In fact, I would avoid them completely if you are serious about treating your halitosis and / or your dry mouth problem. Oh, and if you smoke, well, I don’t think I need to tell you that THERE IS NO WAY you will cure your halitosis unless you quit NOW!
A very cheap dry mouth treatment that will increase your salivary flow (after making sure you drink plenty of water) is to chew a (sugarless!) gum or to keep a (sugarless!) mint or melt in your mouth. Now, I used to chew on gums constantly for years in my hopeless attempt to cover up my halitosis problem. In fact, I thought it was working until somebody asked me if I had farted after I opened my mouth to make a comment: incidentally, it turns out I actually had a chewing gum in my mouth (just normal sugarless gum you can find in your corner shop). Clearly the gum was not really doing its job, was it…..
So I would strongly discourage you from just using any of the usual brands of gum or mints as a quick dry mouth treatment. There are actually few good products around that REALLY do work. And by that I mean that these are remedies which are designed to increase your salivary flow and to minimise bacterial proliferation inside your mouth – if they happen to have minty flavour, then so be it, but they work not because they mask your bad breath, but instead, because they prevent it from appearing or proliferating in the first place.
Another important thing is to make sure that the dry mouth mints or gums you use contain xylitol as an active ingredient. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol used worldwide as a low calorie sweetener, and it has been clinically proven to reduce cavities and help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. As a bonus, xylitol has also been shown to increase saliva flow in the mouth, which makes it a great dry mouth treatment for dry mouth and halitosis sufferers.
I personally love the "XyliMelts for dry mouth" from OraHealth. They really do moisturise my mouth and it is not just like for a few minutes, it actually lasts for hours! They can be used while sleeping and they actually do work wonders at stopping all those nasty bacteria from multiplying. They come in big-size packages and you can also buy them in bulk if you want to. Click on the image below to find out more or buy:
For UK customers, there is a very good brand on the market called BioXtra who provide very good quality products specifically made for dry mouth sufferers. I really like the BioXtra Moisturising Sugar-Free Chewing gums, they have always worked for me and I always carry them in my pocket ready for when my mouth starts feeling dry. The moisturising effect and the flavour last a lot longer than with normal chewing-gums.
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Note that I will only recommend remedies that I have tried and that have worked for me which I have ended up using regularly. I hope that you eventually find the dry mouth treatment and products that work best for you once you have determined what are the likely causes of your xerostomia and your halitosis, and that you can finally find a halitosis cure.