What Works to Treat Dry Mouth?

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Dry mouth (also known as xerostomia), is a significant problem faced by adults and unless due to a side effect from medication, there is no real cure.

Often the reason for a case of dry mouth isn’t known, but some common causes include medications, head and neck radiation therapy for cancer, Sjogren’s syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Over the counter gels, gum, and toothpastes sadly have not been shown to be very effective. So which prescriptions and over the counter treatments really do work?

Prescriptions that definitely work:

Over the counter options (that provide only mild, temporary relief at best):

Studies show these options don’t work for dry mouth:

Has anything worked for you?

Dr O.

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