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A dry mouth can be an uncomfortable reality for a lot of patients with dysphagia - read our top tips on how best to manage it
Part of our Top Tips series for dysphagia management
Tips For Managing A Dry Mouth
• Always take fluids or non-alcoholic drinks with meals (thickened to the correct consistency)
• Avoid anything that may worsen dryness, such as drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks, smoking cigarettes and breathing through the mouth
• Sip fluids throughout the day. Keep fluids by your bedside
• Replace saliva with salivary substitutes e.g. Glandosane, BioXtra Moisturising Gel
• Avoid spicy, dry or hard crunchy foods such as biscuits
• Minimise your intake of salty foods as they may cause pain in a dry mouth
• Eat soft creamy foods such as casseroles and soups
• Moisten foods with gravies, sauces, extra oil, margarine, butter, salad dressings, mayonnaise or yoghurt
• Pineapple juice has enzymes that can help clean the mouth. Check with your Speech and Language Therapist that this texture is appropriate
• Protect against dental caries/decay by brushing teeth and gums regularly
• Avoid sticky foods such as toffee
• Use fluoride toothpaste
• Use a fluoride, alcohol free mouthwash
• Have regular dental check-ups
• If the air in your home feels dry, try using a humidifier or place a pot/bowl of water near the heat source to help moisten the air (the humidifier and pot of water should be cleaned on a regular basis)
• Stimulate the production of saliva by chewing sugar-free gum or rubbing a cotton bud dipped in lemon juice under the tongue: Check with your Speech and Language Therapist that this is appropriate
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