How to Eliminate Dry Mouth Caused by Anxiety

How to Eliminate Dry Mouth Caused by Anxiety?

Living with a dry mouth caused by anxiety simply adds another annoying factor to be anxious about as the effects make eating, speaking, and swallowing difficult. These symptoms can be irritating to daily living. Overcoming any symptom is beneficial to the victim of the stresses that anxiety produces.

Self-Help Remedies for Dry Mouth

Drinking plain water is the most logical cure. We need to drink 6-8 glasses of 8 ounces a day; more if we live in a dry climate. However, one-third of Americans do not drink enough water and about ten percent, rarely drink any. What seems obvious is not the common practice. Many of the liquids modern people do drink dry out the mouth even more. Finally, when a person is experiencing anxiety, there is a tendency to ignore his or her own body’s needs. Ignoring thirst can lead to dry mouth, headaches, dry skin, fatigue, and bad breath.

Appropriate Hygiene

Taking the time to keep their mouth especially clean can help in overcoming dry mouth. Not only brushing the mouth 2-3 times a day with a good dentist-suggested toothpaste; gargling may also be helpful. Having the teeth cleaned every six months will also help to reduce any issues with oral hygiene. Make sure the dentist knows that dry mouth is an issue as he or she will need to look carefully for accelerated tooth decay or gingivitis. If the mouth is a not clean, the bacterium adds to the issues being caused by having a dry mouth.

Chewing or Sucking on Something

The addition of sugar-free gum or candy to the daily routine can help overcome a dry mouth. The more sour items are preferred to the sweeter ones. Some people prefer to suck on an apricot pit or lemon rind.

Corrected Breathing

Many people who experience dry mouth caused by anxiety are not breathing correctly. They are breathing through their open mouths, especially at night. Many doctors suggest simple sports wax teeth guard between their patient’s teeth at night as a way to keep his or her mouth closed.

Adding Moisture to the Room

One way to enhance the moisture in the mouth is by making more moisture available in the surrounding area. A home humidifier might be a welcome addition if the home or bedroom is very dry. Another method is to put an open pan of water on top of a home heater in the winter or near another heat source. Although not as effective as being in direct contact with a heater, the presence of uncovered water near a heat source will add some moisture to the room. Keeping a glass of water or a water bottle next to the bed at night will offer an easy way to moisturize your mouth during the night.

Eating Moist Foods

Reducing the amount of pasta and breads while increasing fruits, veggies, and fresh juices can be very helpful in moisturizing the mouth to overcome dryness.

Summary

In the same way that anxiety can produce a variety of symptoms, ridding your life of dry mouth may require a variety of options being used. Do not give up; keep trying several over an extended period of time until the right combination gives you positive results.

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