As we empty nesters get older and take more medicines, get depressed, maybe drink a bit more alcohol than we should, and maybe even have some stress, our mouths, just like a lot of things in these older bodies, tend to dry up.
I’m not just talking about having a dry mouth because you have to get up in front of a group of people and give a speech. Or a dry mouth because you’re meeting your new daughter-in-law for the first time. I’m talking about dryness of the mouth on a continual basis.
As with lots of other things these days, a dry mouth is not a good thing. It can lead to tooth decay and ultimately tooth loss or even infections. This is all caused by the lack of saliva in the mouth controlling the bacteria that set up shop there.
If your mouth is continually dry, you probably should consult your doctor or dentist. He may need to lower the dosages of some medicines you take. There are some other simple things you can do as well. These include chewing sugar-free gum, sucking on sugar-free candies, stopping smoking and drinking alcohol and trying not to breathe through your mouth.