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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

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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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