Ten Tips Finding the Right Direction for Treatment for Dry Mouth Syndrome

Dryness outside the mouth and dryness inside the mouth usually require very different forms of treatment. Here is a quick guide to making the choices that relieve symptoms fast without missing an opportunity for early treatment of serious diseases.

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  1. Dry, peeling lips after exposure to sun and wind need moisturizer and exfoliant. Use sunscreen and avoid Chapstix to stop recurrences.
  2. Tiny, gray, raised patches of dry skin on the lips may be caused by actinic keratosis, a treatable pre-cancerous condition of the skin. See your doctor for timely treatment.
  3. Sores at the corners of the mouth can be caused various forms of vitamin B deficiency, usually in people who have sluggish digestion. Taking an oral vitamin B supplement can help.
  4. Dentures that do not fit properly and missing teeth can keep the lips from closing, drying out both mouth and tongue. If your dentures don’t fit or tend to slip, or if you have missing teeth, a commercial saliva substitute may give you relief while you are waiting for further dental care.
  5. A combination of dry peeling lips and a recurrent rash across the cheeks of the face can be a sign of the autoimmune kidney disease lupus, especially in women. Only a doctor can diagnose lupus with certainty.
  6. If you experience dry mouth after starting a medication, especially a medication for anxiety, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, or high blood pressure, dry mouth may be a side effect. See your doctor about changing the dosage.
  7. If you have both dry mouth and dry eyes, an autoimmune disease like Sj√∂gren’s may be the problem. Again, medical diagnosis is necessary.
  8. Chemotherapy invariably causes dry mouth. If you also have problems with nausea or vomiting, try taking tiny sips of water throughout the day and sucking on ice chips.salt-shaker
  9. Salt in your food increases salivation and relieves dry mouth. If you also have sores in your mouth, don’t add table salt on top of your food, make sure the salt is cooked into your food, or at least well-dissolved in the food before you eat it.
  10. A little lemon juice stimulates salivation and brings out flavors in food. Many people who have dry mouth enjoy food more when it is seasoned with just a few drops of lemon juice, not enough to cause stinging or irritation.