Dr Oz spoke about Dry Mouth or Cotton Mouth on today’s show, along with Cecilia, his Assistant-of-the-Day from seat 118. Cecilia told Doctor Oz that she is part of a group called Raw Expectations that hold each other up and give support to one another – sounds like a lovely group! Do you get Dry Mouth? Here is what causes it and how to cure Cotton Mouth:
Dr Oz: Dry Mouth Symptoms
- Lipstick can start to stick on your teeth.
- Bad breath
- Cracking at the corners of your lips
- Your sense of taste can get altered.
Dr Oz: Cotton Mouth Causes
Doctor Oz said that you have Salivary Glands that create fluid in your mouth. He had some organs from Bodies: The Exhibition, and showed three glands in your mouth that secrete juices. One such gland is the Sublingual Gland that is right beneath your tongue, and you can actually feel it if you put your fingers in your mouth. If you imagine that your mouth is like a layer of cotton candy, and you have a very dry mouth, then the cotton candy gets all clumped up which makes food stick to your teeth and gums. But if you cure the Dry Mouth, then you secrete more fluids and it dissolves all of the cotton candy.
Dr Oz: Dry Mouth Solutions
Here are some of the things that Doctor Oz suggested you use to treat Dry Mouth:
- Sugarless Gum (particularly mint, citrus or cinnamon flavors)
- Artificial Saliva Gel
Dr Oz also said to avoid wine, caffeine, alcohol and salty foods since they tend to dry out your mouth.