Home treatment for a dry mouth

Home treatment may help relieve symptoms of a dry mouth.

  • Take frequent sips of liquid throughout the day. Water is best.
  • Use ice chips and sugar-free items such as gum, hard candy and suckers, frozen fruit juices, and soft drinks. They will help keep your mouth moist without promoting tooth decay.
  • Eat and drink tart foods and liquids, such as lemonade, sugar-free sour candies, and dill pickles, to help stimulate the flow of saliva.
  • Add extra liquid to foods to make them easier to chew and swallow. Drink water with meals.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, tobacco, and alcohol, all of which increase dryness in your mouth.
  • Use nonprescription saliva substitutes that you can buy at a pharmacy.

Last Updated: September 26, 2008

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