Does your mouth feel like it is stuffed full of cotton? Are your lips cracked and peeling? Is it difficult to swallow? You are experiencing symptoms of a dry mouth.
When you go through menopause, estrogen dips, and there’s less moisture in the mucous membranes.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to turn things around. Here are 5 remedies for dry mouth in menopause:
Keep a water bottle with you and take small sips throughout the day.
Limit Salty Food
When there isn’t enough lubrication in your mouth, the rough edges of salty foods such as crackers and chips, can cut the inside of your mouth and irritate your tongue.
Set up a humidifier in your bedroom. This adds moisture to dry indoor air, and is very effective for treating dry skin, nose, throat, and lips.
You may have to say good-bye to those delicious coffee drinks, tea, and soda. Caffeine can cause a dry mouth, but you can try drinking less often, or ordering a smaller cup.
Suck Hard Candy
Sucking hard candy stimulates saliva flow, but try sugarless candy to keep calories in check. I use peppermints, which not only tastes good, but also freshens my breath.