Dryness of the mouth is often associated with dehydration, ageing, stress, anxiety, and smoking or drinking. Occasionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women also at times experience dryness in the mouth mainly due to dehydration and other hormonal and physical changes. Here are some safe and natural remedies that you can follow at the comfort of your home.
Increase the intake of fluids As dehydration is majorly responsible for the dryness, it’s important that you drink at least 8to 10 glasses of water daily. Staying hydrated will help the body produce saliva, thereby getting rid of the symptoms of dryness. Instead of only drinking water, you can also drink herbal teas, coconut water, soups or smoothies.
Oil pulling Oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, is known to work wonders for a host of oral and dental issues. It involves swishing a tablespoon or two of oils, like coconut, mustard, sesame or sunflower, in and around your mouth for about 20 minutes before spitting it out. Rinse with warm water and then brush your teeth as usual. This exercise helps keep your mouth moist, thereby preventing dryness. It’s best to do this every morning for better results. Ensure that you don’t swallow the oil.
Aloe vera Aloe vera can help keep the mouth moist, thereby protecting the sensitive tissues and enhancing your taste buds. Drink a quarter cup of aloe vera juice every morning. You can also try rinsing your mouth with it a few times throughout the day. At night, before sleeping, apply some freshly extracted aloe vera gel in your mouth using a cotton swab. After leaving it for at least 15 to 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Fennel seeds These seeds can help stimulate the production of saliva and also to get rid of bad breath. Chew on half-a-teaspoon of these seeds twice or thrice daily to prevent dryness. You can also boil a handful of fennel seeds with a glass of water and sip on this throughout the day for best results.
Lemon Lemon juice can help regulate the production of saliva, thereby helping keep the mouth moist. Additionally, its acidic and antibacterial properties double its benefits by helping eliminate bad breath. In a glass of warm water, add the juice of half a lemon, and a few drops of honey, if needed. Sip on this this homemade lemonade drink throughout the day. You could also sprinkle a little salt on a thin slice of lemon and suck on it for a while. Do this thrice daily.