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We've previously discussed what dry mouth is, what some of the causes are, and ways to get relief. Here are a few more treatment tips to help with dry mouth.

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While it may seem like dry mouth is just an inconvenience, if left untreated, it can actually lead to more severe problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

With so many great places to eat in Dayton, it can be tough to cut back on our favorite foods, but if you're having a problem with dry mouth, cutting back on some of these may help:
- Alcohol
- Caffeine
- Citric foods and juices
- Salty foods

In addition, breathing through your nose, rather than your mouth (when possible) should help.

While it may seem like dry mouth is just an inconvenience, if left untreated, it can actually lead to more severe problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Around 30% of all tooth decay in older adults can be attributed to dry mouth, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, so recognizing the systems and starting treatment early is important. The longer you wait before acting, the harder the damage may be to reverse.

As always, Dr. Hallock and the team at Wilmington Family Dental have made it our mission, not only to treat our patients, but the help educate them on oral health and wellness. If you need to see us, feel free to make an appointment online.

In the first two parts of our blog series on dry mouth we discussed dry mouth and what causes dry mouth.  Below, we have some tips to counteract dry mouth and its ill affects for the locals of Kettering, OH.  In cases where dry mouth is not being caused as a side-effect of prescription medication, these should be helpful in increasing the flow of saliva:

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- Be sure to drink plenty of water
- Floss and brush twice a day (using a soft-bristled toothbrush)
- Use moisturizer on your lips regularly
- Sleep with a humidifier
- Chew sugarless gum
- Use an over-the-counter saliva substitute
Schedule regular appointments with Dr. Hallock

We'll revisit this topic again in part four of our series with more tips on dry mouth!