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Eating Healthy When You Have A Dry Mouth

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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Eating Healthy When You Have A Dry Mouth

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Some of the medicines you take may cause you to have a dry mouth.

These nutrition tips can help:

  • Drink mild beverages such as apple juice or punch throughout the day.
  • Suck on hard candy, especially sour candy. This will help keep your mouth wet.
  • Talk to your dentist or doctor. They can prescribe artificial saliva drops for you.
  • Avoid dry foods like crackers, toast or cookies. You may also try soaking them in milk or other liquids before eating.
  • Add gravy, creamy sauces or juice to your foods to moisten before eating.
  • Enjoy soups, casseroles and stews, oatmeal or other soft cereals, yogurt, pudding, applesauce and similar moist foods. They are all easy to swallow.


Adapted from Tennessee Department of Health, 1/00

Last reviewed January 2000 by EBSCO Publishing Editorial Staff

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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