Dry mouth is often caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the head and neck area, which can decrease the flow of saliva. When this occurs, it can change the way food tastes. Foods often become harder to chew and swallow. The suggestions below may be helpful when dealing with a dry mouth. Also, try some suggestions for coping with a sore mouth or throat since they are designed to make foods easier to swallow. To view our oral hygiene products, please click here.
Follow these suggestions to try when your mouth is dry:
- Very sweet or tart foods like lemonade may stimulate the production of salvia in the mouth. (Do not try this if you also suffer from a sore mouth or throat)
- Sucking on hard candy such as sour balls or lemon drops, popsicles, or chewing sugar-free gum can also stimulate production of saliva.
- Moisten foods with broth, butter, gravies, salad dressing, sauces, sour cream, or yogurt.
- Puree or blenderize foods and thin them with liquids such as milk, juice, or broth.
- Eat fruits with a high water content such as watermelon or grapes.
- A room humidifier may help to alleviate dry lips and mouth.