9 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth
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9 Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

>Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a pretty unpleasant situation. There are numerous ways to address the problem, but before you try any of them, consult your healthcare provider, especially if you are taking any medications. Identifying the cause can streamline relief for your dry mouth. Cancer treatments, hormone therapy, some antidepressants, even certain OTC meds like antihistamines and decongestants are notorious culprits of dry mouth. Try some of these strategies to increase the flow of saliva in your mouth and to provide some relief.

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