Treatments for dry mouth at night

Updated November 21, 2016

Various illnesses and even ageing can cause dry mouth at night. Dry mouth can be uncomfortable. You can also experience dental health problems without enough saliva in your mouth. The key to treating dry mouth at night is to increase the amount of saliva the mouth naturally makes during the evening hours.

Finely Crushed Ice Chips

One way to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth in the evening hours is to suck on finely crushed ice chips. Keep a cup of finely crushed ice chips with you while watching television or doing other enjoyable evening activities. Every 10 to 15 minutes chew on the ice chips to encourage saliva production. You can place a cup on your nightstand for bedtime. During the night, sit up in bed and then sip on the water from the melted ice or chew a couple of pieces before reclining again.

Fruit Pits

A natural way to increase saliva production is to suck on a fruit pit from fruits such as mangos, avocados or peaches. The continual sucking on the fruit pit will increase the amount of saliva that is produced. At night time, you can suck on a fruit pit 30 minutes prior to retiring for the night.

Chew Sorbitol Products

Too much sugar in the mouth can cause dry mouth. One way to treat dry mouth at night is to eliminate the problems that caused it. Cut out sugar drinks and acidic drinks, particularly close to bedtime. These can increase the symptoms and problems of dry mouth at night. Candies and gums containing sorbitol help increase saliva. Place a stick of gum containing sorbitol on your nightstand. Sit up in bed. Chew the gum for 1 minute. Remove from your mouth and place on wrapper or plate on your nightstand. If you wake during the night with dry mouth, sit up and chew again for about 1 minute.


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