I’m taking these allergy pills - it’s a pack with two pills a day, and the night ones are different from the morning ones. It’s the night ones, I believe, that are giving me an awful dry mouth all day (and night) long. I want to give the pills a good long trial, so I don’t want to ask for an alternative just yet. I can do without the night pill but I doubt I’m supposed to.
Any suggestions? Does anything work besides drinking a ton of water and having to pee every three exits?
We have a friend who had mouth cancer and had a salivary gland removed during the surgery. He drinks a ton of water, but also drinks a kind of “artificial saliva” akin to “artificial tears.” Ask a pharmacist. He says it just tastes like water, but keeps the mucous membranes from drying out.
Does it have any foaming agents in it? I use weird-ass natural toothpastes because I get a lot fewer canker sores without the sodium laurel sulphate and such. (I used to use Rembrandt but the whitening stuff was hard on my mouth, according to my dentist. So now my toothpaste is tea tree and cinnamon. Takes some getting used to.)
The usual advice for dealing with dry mouth is sugar free gum, sugarless hard candies, and small frequent sips of water or ice chips. Please, do speak to you doctor about the side effects before altering the med schedule.
There is also a spray version of artificial saliva (“salivart,” I think) that we singers sometimes bust out to combat dry mouth backstage, but be warned…it tastes exactly like having someone spit copiously in your mouth. If you can handle that unpleasant sensation, it works splendidly.