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9. Cardamom

cardamom

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.

10. Ginger

ginger slices

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.

Additional Tips

  • 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.

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  1. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome. My IBS keeps me from all saliva substitutes and artificial sugar substitutes. My dry mouth is severe. With so little choices to help myself, I have chronic oral yeast infections. (Water &) juice feel good, but have become a definite source of oral yeast production.
    I read the article carefully. Although I am also sensitive to herbs/spices, I can certainly use the advice and suggestions elaborated on in the article.
    I’m hopeful that something here will help me to suffer a little less. Thank you

    1. I had cancer and radiation treatment 10 years ago and the radiation treatment destroyed all of my saliva glands. It was extremely difficult to eat many things and impossible to eat things such as break or rice. But what I did learn was that “poi” a hawaiian staple allowed me to eat almost everything. It coats my mouth and coats my throat and allows me to eat. I recommend anyone with my eating disorder try it. The taste of poi takes some getting use to but beats the heck out of not eating.

    2. Have you tried eating watermelon with your meals? It helps me a lot. I had Head & Neck cancer so received radiation therapy. I still have dry mouth but the watermelon makes eating more enjoyable…..it’s also excellent if you are prone to lesions on your tongue…it soothes while it hydrates. Hope this helps.

  2. Thank you for information!
    I used a large shot glass of inner filet aloe vera juice & it was a winner! Awoke this am with an amazing change! less red, dry & my tongue cracks went from many to few! ;))
    I always kept this aloe 24/7 for a first aid! Biggest thanx ever!
    Oral tongue pain subsiding is the best gift EVER! xxxx

  3. I have been suffering with dry mouth for 4-5 years. I have been to my regular doctor, a rheumatologist, an ENT, and no one can help me. My rheumatologist treated me with medication that gave me an irregular heartbeat for which I am now taking medication daily. What a bummer. I am only dry at night. During the day I am fine. I am going to try the aloe vera remedy to see if it helps. I have also had several cavities and 2 gum surgeries as a result of my dry mouth.

  4. Very happy to see this article. It helped a lot and made my certain that the dry mouth can be cured. Thanks .

  5. The cayenne pepper did work greatly for a bit of time but I’m still hesitant to use it when I wake up in the middle of the night but that’s my next thing to try. Thank you so much.

  6. I have been dealing with severe dry mouth for 8 months now. I have sucked on so many lozenges. I was put on the medication but could not take. I am seeing a rheumatologist but nothing has worked. I am looking forward to trying some of these remedies. Praying something works. I have been so depressed not being able to eat food. Now mt teeth are rottening. Thank you for this article.

  7. I have dry mouth all night and less during the day.My bed is in chewing gum and I do not know,if I swallow it. Thank you ,I try cayenne pepper and cloves.

  8. Watermelon has been a great help in soothing and hydrating my mouth, especially during my meals. I take a bite of dryer food, then a small piece of watermelon…..and I can more easily chew and swallow. I even can taste the foods I’m eating more distinctly.

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