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What can I do if I have too little saliva?

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Try these tips to help keep your salivary glands healthy and your mouth moist and comfortable:

If dry mouth persists, your doctor or dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth with artificial saliva. Artificial saliva is a liquid or spray sold without a prescription. It can be used as often as needed.

Artificial saliva helps keep your mouth moist and comfortable, but doesn't contain the proteins, minerals, and other substances found in real saliva that help with digestion.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Suck on sugar-free candy

From: Saliva and Your Mouth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Artificial Saliva," "Saliva," "A Primer on Salivary Diagnostics."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Salivary Glands."

ALS Association: "Managing Excessive Saliva."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Artificial Saliva," "Saliva," "A Primer on Salivary Diagnostics."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Salivary Glands."

ALS Association: "Managing Excessive Saliva."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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