Do all Diabetes have Dry mouth??

By Beverlydolls Latest Reply 2012-03-05 17:20:42 -0600
Started 2011-03-22 05:33:58 -0500

Dry Mouth… I hate having dry mouth all the time… What do yall do for your dry mouth?? Thanks for reading and reply's love to hear what everyone is doing to take care of this problem…

57 replies

berrykins0 2012-03-05 07:56:13 -0600 Report

water chewing gum or sugarfree coffee and pop they can cause dry mouth too. i noticed the difference myself.

Caroltoo 2012-03-05 17:20:42 -0600 Report

No. My dentist and I were just laughing about this at my last visit. No one would ever think I had dry mouth!

watson4042 2012-02-07 11:52:44 -0600 Report

i use biotene mouthwash, toothpaste and a spray i can carry in my purse all of which i got a walmart. they all work.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-07-25 22:35:34 -0500 Report


dubyadd 2011-07-24 19:57:02 -0500 Report

For dry mouth I use a number of products, since just water does not do the job, how much can you drink anyway?
"biotene" makes a number of dry mouth products. Their non- alcohol toothpaste and mouth wash starts my day and a small tube of "oral balance" is in my pocket at all times. You just place about a 1/2" squeezed from the tube in your mouth and use your tongue to coat all areas of your mouth and gums. I also do this as I go to bed at night. Works great, if a little pricey, even when purchased at Walmart. All these products have no alcohol and that is, I think, the key.
i also have all kinds of sugar free drops with me but they run out too soon, so I tried sugar free gum, which brought me back to high school days, but it works. On a long drive, when unwrapping 25 sugar free drops would be a real problem I chew gum, and when tired of chewing, I park it in my cheek for a few minutes, and when my dry mouth returns, start the chewing again. My dentist loves the idea! I find "stride" to work best with "orbit" my second choice.

VickieF 2011-07-24 18:15:48 -0500 Report

I carry sugarfree Lemon drops with me. The lemon naturally makes your mouth water. lol Taste good too. I also carry a bottle of water.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-07-24 15:44:47 -0500 Report

I get a dry mouth also. But, my mouth only gets dry when my b/s starts to get high. As others have said here, just keep some water handy and sugar free hard candy does help. Good luck, Darrin

io162e 2011-07-24 13:28:25 -0500 Report

I get dry mouth all night long, and wake up because of it. I keep a bottle of water by the bed.

AuntieBear 2011-07-24 04:53:07 -0500 Report

I drink alot of water and always have tic tacs. I don't know how else to battle dry mouth. I wish I did, I get sick of drinking and drinking and drinking only to still have dry mouth. So if you come up with a better solution, please clue me in so I can give it a try.

alternative1 2011-07-24 02:43:18 -0500 Report

your body isnt producing enough hydrocloric acid. that is why many people experience dry mouth. try eating more eggs…

maggiejay 2011-04-16 09:01:33 -0500 Report

i have had dry mouth for a long time it helps to carry a water bottle with you hard surgar free candy also works but nothing makes it go away completly it realy can damage your teeth so be sure you see a dentist and just keep on drinking water

Gimpalong 2011-04-16 01:00:24 -0500 Report

I have had dry mouth for a long time. My dentist had me use Biotene toothpaste and also the Biotene mouth wash. It helps, but I also carry a bottle of water with me or peppermints. If I don't have water, then I get really dry mouth and my tongue tries to stick to the back of my front teeth or sticks to the roof of my mouth. Part of my dry mouth is due to certain medications that I'm taking. I hope that you find something that works for you. Good luck, and have a wonderful weekend.

jeffrey9127 2011-07-24 16:17:19 -0500 Report

I also use the Biotene mouth rinse. I don't know if you can buy this at a store. I got it from my Dentist. It does help.

jayabee52 2011-07-24 18:59:17 -0500 Report

I've seen it at Wal-mart and Walgreens. I think it is widely available.

EDIT: Scribbles below gives a more complete list

AuntieBear 2011-07-24 04:48:55 -0500 Report

Where can you get Biotene and about how pricey is it?

scribbles 2011-07-24 05:46:50 -0500 Report

Biotene is available (here) at WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, and Kroger. 3 of my meds and my CPAP machine cause dry mouth. I personally do not like the taste of Biotene so I freeze half a bottle of water then top it off with 'refrigerator' water and take it with me. I have to restrict my fluid intake so it gets really tricky sometime. You will find a way. If nothing else, ask your NP (nurse practitioner) or favorite pharmacist for suggestions. Good Luck! (refrigerator water is a jug of water that sat in the refrigerator overnight - with no top on it [so some chemicals could evaporate])

dubyadd 2011-07-24 20:04:03 -0500 Report

try sugar free gum-stride works best for me. I also use biotene and I don't like the taste either but I like the dry mouth even less. Its the chlorine that evaporates from the water in the refrig. I use a faucet mounted filter for drinking water, ice and coffee. Buy the replacement filters on line in multiples of 6 or more and the costs go way down

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-04-15 20:23:44 -0500 Report

I drink a lot of water, I always have even before I was a diabetic, I always have water with me at all times and I keep a peppermint with me also. I very seldom experience a dry mouth but I do know we must drink water constantly so as not to dehydrate ourselves. Not juices but water. My doctor's favorite word is "water". Try that and see how you feel and some of the other suggestions sound very reasonable also. Good luck

peggyjean47 2011-04-15 16:24:13 -0500 Report

i agree with jeffrey9127, use biotene in comes in tooth paste, mouth wash ,and they have a jel also that is made by biotene, it is oral balance, and spray, i use the tooth past and mouth wash 3 times a day, it has helped a lot,, and donhenault i right a lot of medication can make you have a dry mouth, that is what my dr told me, my dry mouth got so bad that it made my mouth and teeth hurt, i used to suck on candy and chew gum, but it has gotton to where i can not do that anymore

DonHenault 2011-04-13 09:50:35 -0500 Report

I would check out the medication you are on. I had an issue was a blood pressure and cholestrol that was causing my dry mouth and couch. Also ask your doctor about side effects and interactions in you are on more than one medication. This has have me.

rentintin 2011-04-13 06:14:47 -0500 Report

Dont know about everyone but a lot of diabetics (including me) struggle with dehydration. My doctor is always after me to drink more,
when I think of it I try to carry bottles H2O then I can add packets of sugarfree drink mix and I think the lemony ones are best for the dryness in your mouth. Hope this helps.

whitetigress 2011-04-12 22:12:25 -0500 Report

If you are having dry mouth overnight (when it is harder to address), there are two products that you can buy (one or the other, not both). One is called "oral balance" and it is a gel and you place a small amount just under your bottom lip on your gums. This has enzymes that mimic saliva and helps to keep saliva in your mouth.

The other product is called " biotene" which is a liquid and you take 1 tbs. and swish it around in your mouth like mouthwash. It works the same way as the "oral balance". The "oral balance" is in a tube.

lkh6951 2011-03-23 02:40:55 -0500 Report

I've had dry mouth for years due to several conditions and medications. I suck on hard candies, or ice, and chew lots of gum. Gum seems to help more than anything else. Drink lots of water and unsweetened drinks and don't forget ice "chips". Staying hydrated and chewing gum keep me going.

denatrout1974 2011-03-25 10:19:26 -0500 Report

i drink alot of water but then im alays in the bathroom every five mins so what can i do for that please help me

Beverlydolls 2011-03-25 12:45:33 -0500 Report

i dont know if there much help going to the restroom alot from drinking water… i know it sucks cus when you are sleeping and always wake up all the time going to the restroom and i so tired and dont get enough sleep cus i always up… so you arent alone… hugs

Gimpalong 2011-04-16 01:07:06 -0500 Report

My doctor told me not to drink anything after 8 p.m., but I can have a little sip to get my medication down at bedtime. This has help me. Also watch how many sodas you drink in evening. The sugar content may add to your night visits. Good luck. Have a great weekend.

dubyadd 2011-07-24 20:08:23 -0500 Report

if you are diabetic and drinking regular sodas with sugar you are causing your own problems. stop the soda and switch to water or diet green tea, they have lots of flavors with many brands to choose from

Gimpalong 2011-07-25 21:06:23 -0500 Report

I drink at least 3 liters of water a day. I always carry water with me because I get so dry and have difficulty talking from the dry mouth. I also carry a spray bottle of Biotene in my purse. It helps to keep my mouth moistened too. I do have diabetes, and do use the green tea drinks and water. Once in a blue moon I will have maybe have 4 ounces of Coke (the real thing). Most of the time I drink water, and for breakfast or bedtime, I will drink Extra-Skim milk. I try to really watch my bg's so that they will stay in my target range of 120-90. I don't like to go lower, because I feel like I'm having a Low-sugar reaction..sweats, shaking, heart pounding, and severe headache. I don't like that happening. Thank you for your advice. I appreciate it.

digitaldoorbell 2011-03-22 22:57:48 -0500 Report

I've been Type 2 for 7 months and don't take meds for it. I have had this problem since my diagnosis. Someone mentioned Biotene. They also have mouthwash without alcohol that helps. At night a use a spray or gel that they have. I keep it near my bed. It helps a lot.

Gimpalong 2011-07-25 22:24:56 -0500 Report

Biotene also has a gum that you can chew when your mouth is extra dry. I use all of the Biotene products for dry mouth. Some of my dry mouth is caused from other medications that I have to take. The Biotene mouth wash, mouth spray, tooth paste, and gum have really helped me. I also haven't had the problem with cavities from the diabetes. Good luck with your diabetes, and I pray that you don't have to get on medications. Also, I always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go. I drink lots of water per day.

Armourer 2011-03-22 21:52:05 -0500 Report

I've had this problem every day since 1998. All I know is I drink over a gallon of liquid a day. Always have something to drink with me. Good luck!

Gemm 2011-03-23 11:06:03 -0500 Report

I do as well - Besides the dry mouth from my diabetes I also have to be sure to drink plenty of fluids because of some of my meds and kidney damage from other sources years ago. My kidneys already have a problem with reabsorbing fluids after processing impurities out so have to drink plenty of fluids. I like tea (personally unsweetened or with just a touch of sucralose (splenda or generic equivalent) or plain old ice water. When my lips get too dried out I prefer petroleum jelly - there is a lip therapy with that in it and it works for me better than anything else I've ever tried. As with all things some work best for one person and others for another.

Hugs to all

Mair 2011-03-22 18:58:02 -0500 Report

Just my two cents, If you have dry mouth most of the time it is best to speak with your doc. to make sure nothing else is going on. You want to get to the source of the problem. Everyone elses suggestions are great and it is important to stay hydrated. Good luck!

Sidehack 2011-03-22 16:33:07 -0500 Report

If my BS goes over 250 my mouth gets dry. That's when I know I need extra insulin. In 1997 I complained to my doctor about my constant dry mouth and he checked my BS (277). Out of habit I always have water, tea or diet soda with me.

MELCHALK 2011-03-22 16:03:02 -0500 Report

I have found that mint sugarless gum works as well as biotine,and cost less. good glucose control helps also.

realsis77 2011-03-22 12:01:58 -0500 Report

Hi. Yes I have this problem. I do know they have a special gum and mint called biotine I believe, and it helps your mouth produce more salivia and it stops the dry mouth. I have tried it a few times and it does work! I believe you can get it at any drug store. Although I think its a bit pricey if I remember correctly. But it is an option for dry mouth. I also believe it comes in a mouth rinse. Dry mouth can promote tooth decay too . It is a problem! Id give the biotine a try and see if it helps. Good luck and God bless!

Harlen 2011-03-22 08:22:50 -0500 Report

I have had this from time to time and I like to use a small pice of hard suger free candy ,for me when I got my bs down and was able to keep it there I didnt have dry mouth anymore
I hope this helps
Best wishes

MewElla 2011-03-22 07:48:44 -0500 Report

Only had this a coupla times, woke me up at night…Hate this, I just got up and drank a lot of water and it cleared up, thank heavens.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-24 13:43:32 -0500 Report

Glad to hear that worked for you. People in stores look at me like I have a problem trying to talk, and well…I do. Some medications dry me out, too.

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