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4 Remedies For a Dry Mouth When Sleeping

There's nothing worse than having a dry mouth when sleeping.  

Ok, maybe there are a few things that are worse.

But waking up with a mouth so dry that your lips are stuck to your teeth is no fun.  

It feels bad, smells bad, and is bad for your health.

You can't always control what you do while sleeping but you can improve your dry mouth and minimize the effects of mouth breathing.  

These 4 Simple Remedies Will Help

1. Use a Humidifier

With more moisture in the air, your mouth won't dry out as much.   A humidifier can be added to your furnace adding moisture to the entire house or use a small humidifier for your bedroom. 

2. Apply Vaseline to Your Gums

I know it sounds yucky but it really does work. Vaseline keeps your gums from drying out and your cheeks and lips from sticking to your teeth.

3. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water during the day and a big glass of water before going to bed.  Keep water within your reach incase you wake up feeling parched.

4. Use Biotene Products

For dry mouth when sleeping, Biotene gel lasts longer and works best.  Place a pea-sized amount on your tongue and spread over your gums, tongue and cheeks.  It's like a moisturizer for your mouth.

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy When it is Dry

Not only is dry mouth uncomfortable and annoying it is bad for your teeth and gums.  Saliva lubricates and protects your gum and cheek tissues and provides cavity protection for your teeth.

Without saliva in your mouth,  both teeth and gums are vulnerable to gum disease and cavities.

If you have a dry mouth when sleeping, you can decrease the odds of your gums becoming inflamed or getting a mouthful of cavities.

  • Don't go to bed without brushing and flossing If your teeth are squeaky clean, you won't have a mouth full of bacteria.  Even if your mouth dries out, it will feel fresher and be less prone to cavities and gingivitis
  • Use a fluoride product  Fluoride strengthens your enamel.  If your mouth is dry night after night, it's important to have strong cavity resistant  enamel .  ACT mouthwash or Prevident Toothpaste are 2 great fluoride  products.  
  • Don't eat sugar filled foods or drink beverages right before going to bed  Sugar makes your mouth more acidic for at least 20 minutes after consuming it.   Sugar +  Dry mouth = trouble for your teeth and gums.

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