Is your mouth so dry you feel like you have a bunch of cotton wool in it? You’re not alone.
Cotton mouth, also known as the techy term xerostomia, is the number one complaint heard by dentists.
“How do I get rid of my cotton mouth?” This is no doubt the question that brought you here, so keep reading for 5 foolproof cotton mouth remedies that you can do right at home!
Cursed by Cotton Mouth? Here are the Causes…
Why do you get cotton mouth? The answer may be in your medicine cabinet. Over 400 medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed, can give you cotton mouth.
Curious which medications are the worst offenders? Check out this list.
Other causes of cottonmouth include simple dehydration, age (our mouths naturally produce less saliva as we get older), lifestyle factors like alcohol, caffeine and tobacco use, or the dental products we use each day.
Cotton Mouth Symptoms
Besides dryness in the mouth, there are lots of other symptoms of cotton mouth that can negatively impact your everyday life, like these:
- Cracked lips
- Mouth sores
- Bad breath
- Sore throat
- Frequent thirst
- Dulled sense of taste
- Increased plaque buildup
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Burning, tingling or redness of the tongue
5 Foolproof Remedies to Get Rid of Cotton Mouth
1. Drink More Water
Before you call us “Captain Obvious,” the truth is most people don’t drink enough water each day. Sure, they may drink coffee, tea, alcohol and other drinks, but those drinks just dehydrate the mouth and make cotton mouth symptoms even worse.
Water is essential to get your saliva going and prevent cotton mouth, but be proactive! Don’t wait until your mouth is already dry to gulp down a glass of water. Sip water throughout the day and especially with meals.
2. The Nose Knows
A common cause of cottonmouth is mouth breathing. When you’re a mouth breather, your tongue and gums dry out quickly.
While this habit isn’t easily broken, it can be done.
Leave yourself notes at your computer, set reminders on your phone, and do exercises where you consciously breathe through your nose. You’ll be a bona-fide nose breather in no time!
3. Rethink Your Mouthwash
When you use an alcohol-based mouthwash, it’s anything but a happy hour in your mouth. Store brand mouthwashes contain an alcohol content as high as 26 percent.
The alcohol not only gives you that stinging, burning sensation … it also DRIES OUT THE MOUTH.
Love to swish? Switch to an alcohol-free mouthwash that prevents cottonmouth and freshens the breath for 6 hours at a time!
4. Adjust Your Air
Is the air in your bedroom as dry as a desert? Add some moisture with a humidifier to help relieve your cotton mouth symptoms.
If your entire house is a bit on the dry side, there are various ways to add moisture to the air. Boil water on the stovetop, set out decorative bowls of water, or dry your clothes on a rack instead of in the dryer.
5. Toss Your Toothpaste
Ironically, your toothpaste could be the cause of your cottonmouth. Most toothpastes contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a detergent and foaming agent.
Why is SLS in nearly every toothpaste? Psychologically, people associate the foaming action of a toothpaste with better cleaning.
But below its foamy surface, SLS is notorious for causing cottonmouth, along with canker sores, chapped lips and mouth ulcers. Go check your toothpaste tube. We’d be willing to bet sodium lauryl sulfate is on the list.
To get the best protection against cottonmouth, make the switch to Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Power Paste. Brushing with this professional-grade, sodium lauryl sulfate-free toothpaste for cottonmouth will be a game changer for your smile!
Say Good-bye to Cotton Mouth with Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Toothpaste
- SLS-free to prevent cotton mouth
- Low-abrasion toothpaste to protect your smile
- Naturally flavored with a refreshing blend of essential oils to moisten the mouth and fight bad breath
- Naturally sweetened with xylitol (doesn’t dry out the mouth like sugar)
- With zinc & Oxygene®, our non-toxic ingredient that neutralizes bad breath for 6 hours
Follow these 5 foolproof remedies and you will be on your way to getting rid of your cotton mouth for good!
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