An Ayurvedic remedy to fight dry mouth is cardamom. Chewing a pod of cardamom will moisten the mouth as well as eliminate bad breath.
- Chew a pod of cardamom thoroughly after every meal or whenever your mouth is dry.
- Alternatively, add 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder to a glass of hot water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then drink it. Do this once or twice daily.
- You can also rinse your mouth with lukewarm cardamom tea twice daily.
You can also use ginger to treat dry mouth. Ginger seems to be very effective in stimulating saliva and can make your mouth feel fresh longer.
- Chew a small piece of fresh ginger slowly. Do this several times a day to fight dry mouth symptoms.
- You can also drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea mixed with honey daily to stimulate your salivary glands.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco as it hampers saliva production.
- Suck on sugar-free candies or chew sugar-free gum to promote saliva production.
- Sleep in a room with a humidifier or vaporizer to keep your mouth moist all night long.
- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
- If you have an option then avoid taking medicines like diuretics, antihistamines and decongestants that can cause a dry mouth.
- Gargle with warm salt water 3 or 4 times a day.
- Occasionally inhale steam to help moisturize your nasal passages and airways.
- In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth, clean your tongue daily. Use toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride in it.
- Drink water while eating and chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. After eating a meal, rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Lower your intake of spicy and acidic foods as they can irritate the inside of the mouth. Also, cut down on sugary foods and beverages as they may increase the risk of tooth decay.
- Munch on snacks that have high water content like celery sticks to stimulate the saliva glands and add moisture to your mouth.