Lay off the cigarettes
Smoking doesn’t cause dry mouth, but it can make it worse. That’s because “smoking reduces the production of saliva,” says Matthew Messina, DDS, interim director of the Dental Oncology Clinic at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry in Columbus, OH, and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). What to do? Give up cigarettes! Until then, counter the effects of dry mouth by adding black currants to your diet. A study published in 2015 in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that eating black currants reduced smoking-associated risk on oral health by improving the flow of saliva. Whip up a batch of black currant muffins or make a black currant smoothie. Meanwhile, here are 23 ways to quit smoking for good.
Chew on it
For a simple–and tasty!–dry mouth treatment, try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candies, suggests Dr. Messina. Both can help stimulate the flow of saliva, especially citrus, cinnamon, or mint-flavors. Careful, though: For some people, over-consumption of sugar-free products can cause rather, er, uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects. These daily habits can help reduce bloating.